New Inspector General of Police assumes duty

By Mohammed Husaini 


The Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has assumed duty as the Inspector General of Police of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Mr. Alkali was appointed by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on 6th April, 2021. 


He takes over from IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni who retired after 35years of meritorious service to the nation. 


The handing over of leadership between the former and new Police Chiefs was held in a brief but colourful ceremony at the Force Headquarters, Abuja and was climaxed with the symbolic handover of the Nigerian Police flag.


The new IGP, who is the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, thanked the President for the opportunity given him to serve the nation and humanity.


He pledged to harness all human and material resources of the Force towards improving security, safety, law and order in the country. 


Acting IGP Usman Alkali,  a fellow of the National Defence College, hails from Geidam in Yobe State and was commissioned into the Nigeria Police Force on 15th March, 1988 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police at the prestigious Nigeria Police Academy (Annex), Kaduna.


He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.



The astute crime-fighter and versatile manager of men and resources, has held several strategic positions in the past cutting across all the departments of the Force. 


These include: Ag. Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Department of Finance and Administration, the Force Secretary, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone-5 Benin, Zone-4 Makurdi and Zone-7 Abuja. He was also a former Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Delta Commands amongst others.


Until his appointment as the Acting IGP, he was the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department.


The new Ag. IGP Usman Alkali, in his Inaugural speech said he “holds a policing vision of enhancing police primacy in the protection of lives and property. “


He believes in the provision of motivational and credible leadership driven by professionalism and strategic planning, all directed at stabilising internal security and modernising police operations within the framework of citizens’ consent, trust, and the rule of law.


Lateefah Ibrahim

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