Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently conferring the rank of Inspector-General of Police on Usman Alkali Baba (IGP).
The award ceremony is taking place at the Vice President Conference Hall in Abuja’s State House.
Former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu; and his colleague in the Vice President’s office, Laolu Akande were among those present at the case.
Also present is the Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs.
Alkali Baba after taking over power as 21st IGP in acting capacity vows to restore the primacy of the Police.
He called on citizens and other residents to work with the Police towards restoring internal security in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Tuesday approved the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as the Acting Inspector-General of Police.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that the appointment was with immediate effect.
The Acting IGP replaced Mr. Mohammed Adamu whose tenure expired February 1, 2021, but President Buhari extended his tenure for three months.
Until his appointment, Usman Alkali Baba was a Deputy Inspector-General, DIG of Police, and will be in acting capacity pending his confirmation by the Senate.
The newly named Acting Inspector General of Police is a Yobe State native who was born on March 1, 1963.
In 1997, he received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maiduguri in Borno state, and in 1985, he received a bachelor’s degree in arts from Bayero Usman University in Kano.
As part of his policing vision, he wants to strengthen police primacy in Nigeria by providing motivating and credible leadership aimed at restoring internal security and modernizing police operations, services, and standards while maintaining citizens’ consent, confidence, and respect for the rule of law.