President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Usman Alkali Baba as Nigeria’s Acting Inspector General of Police (AIGP).
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi announced this while briefing state house correspondents on the security situation in the country.
According to the Minister, Usman Baba’s appointment was made by the President based on his professionalism, competence, and years of service to the nation.
He replaces Mr. Mohammed Abubakar Adamu whose tenure as IGP was extended by the President beyond February 1st, 2021 which was his due retirement date after 35 years of service.
As Acting IGP Mr. Usman Alkali Baba will be saddled with the responsibility of repositioning the police force, in maintaining law and order amidst the rising security challenges in the country.
Until his appointment, Baba was the deputy inspector-general (DIG) of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Force Headquarters.
He was born on March 1, 1963, in Geidam, Yobe state, and enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988.
Baba holds a teacher’s grade II certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bayero University, Kano. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri, Borno state.
The Acting IGP also has a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997.
He is also expected to drive the policing vision that will enhance police primacy in Nigeria, through the provision of a motivational and credible leadership driven by professional knowledge, ethics, emotional intelligence tools, and strategic planning.
This also includes operational models that are directed at stabilizing internal security and modernizing police operations, facilities and standards within the framework of citizens, consent, trust, and rule of law.