President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of DIG Usman Alkali Baba as acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, made the disclosure to State House correspondents yesterday.
Baba replaces Mohammed Adamu as Nigeria’s Police Chief.
Recall that Buhari had, on February 4, extended the tenure of Adamu as the IGP for three months. Adamu, however, spent two months and three days of the extended period.
Reacting to why the President did not allow the outgoing IGP to last the three months of his extension, Dingyadi disclosed that the three-month tenure extension granted to Adamu was terminated following the completion of the selection process for a new IGP.
Dingyadi explained that the appointment of the acting IGP followed a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs.
He said all the shortlisted candidates were Police officers, eligible for appointment as I-G, in line with Section 7, Sub-section 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020).
”The tenure of the IGP Mohammed Adamu, which ended on February 1, 2021, was extended by the President to enable a detailed process of appointing a new I-G, in line with Section 15 (A) of the 1999 Constitution”, he stated.