President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has sacked Inspector General of Police(IGP Mohammed Adamu and appointed a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, as the acting Inspector-General of Police with immediate effect.
ThIs was disclosed to State House Correspondents by the e Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, today in Abuja .
The Acting IGP takes over from Mohammed Adamu, whose tenure was extended by President Muhammadu Buhari for three months on February 4,2021.
The sacked IGP was relieved of his appointment shortly after visiting the troubled Imo Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Service that were razed by yet to be identified bandits on Monday.
The out-gone IGP, whose extension would have lapsed in May, during his visit to the troubled spots in Imo State ordered operatives to be ruthless against members of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra.
On why President Buhari did not allow the out-gone IGP to complete the three months extension, the minister said, “Mr President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please allow him that responsibility and we cannot do anything about it.”
Speaking further, the Minister said 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 bedeviling 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 Acting IGP was born on March 1, 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe State and was enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988.
Until his appointment, he was the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters.
Usman Baba holds a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe State in 1980.
He obtained a BA (ED) Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985 and also has Masters in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997.