Few hours after the Imo State Police Command came under attack, President Muhammadu Buhari has descended on the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu replacing him with Deputy Inspector General of Police DIG Usman Baba in acting capacity.
Buhari appointed DIG Baba, as the acting Inspector-General of Police with immediate effect.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, made the disclosure to State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.
Baba’s appointment is coming barely a day after Mohammed Adamu’s tenure was extended for three months on February 4. He has only spent about two months out of the three-month extension.
He was sacked shortly after visiting the Imo Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Service that were razed on Monday.
The former IGP had during the visit to the scene of the attack ordered his operatives to be ruthless against members of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra.
Adamu’s extension would have elapsed on May 3 but for his sack on Tuesday,
The minister while announcing Baba’s appointment, recalled that the extension granted Adamu was to allow for a detailed process of appointing a new IGP in line with Section 15 (A) of the 1999 Constitution.
“After a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as IGP, in line with Section 7, subsection 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020), and having regards to seniority, professionalism, record of service and competence, Mr President has approved the appointment of an acting IGP, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, with immediate effect.
“These changes are in line with the determination of Mr President to rejig the security architecture of the country, to ensure that the security challenges bedevilling the nation are brought to an end.
“Mr President has therefore charged the new appointee to rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration is fully prioritised and implemented to enable the police to perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
“Mr President thanks the outgoing IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure. He wished him all the best in his future endeavours,” he said.
The new acting IGP was born on March 1, 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe State. He enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988.
He was, until his new appointment, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters.
He holds a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe State in 1980.
Baba obtained a degree in Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985 and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997.