Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Usman Alkali Baba as the new Inspector-General of Police.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Minister of Police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, who briefed state house correspondents about the president’s directive.
Alkali was before his appointment, a deputy inspector-general of police. He takes over from Mohammed Adamu.
The president said Alkali’s appointment is with immediate effect.
Recall that the president had on February 4 extended the tenure of Adamu as the IGP for three months.
Adamu, who was appointed in 2019, had clocked the mandatory 35 years in service on February 1 and was expected to have been replaced by Buhari.
His tenure extension had elicited widespread criticism and a resultant lawsuit.
A legal practitioner, Maxwell Opara had dragged the IGP to court, contending that by virtue of section 215 of the Nigerian constitution and section 7 of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, he cannot continue to function as the IGP, having retired as a serving member of the force.
In his defence, the IGP had told the federal high court that the new Nigeria Police Act gave him a four-year tenure, which would only lapse in either 2023 or 2024.
Supporting Adamu’s position, Buhari and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, had said the law permits the IGP to remain in office.