By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The new Inspector General of Police Ag.IGP Usman Alkali Baba has formally assumed office on Wednesday following his decoration with the IGP rank the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Shortly after the decoration at the Also Rock Presidential Villa, he proceeded to the Force Headquarters, where the baton of office was handed over to his by his predecessor Mohammed Adamu, who retired from service having completed 35 years.
Speaking at the brief but colourful ceremony, Alkali pledged to harness all human and material resources of the Force towards improving security, safety, law and order in the country.
The new IGP assured he would make the protection of lives and property a primacy, with the provision of motivational and credible leadership driven by professionalism and strategic planning, all directed at stabilizing internal security and modernizing police operations within the framework of citizens’ consent, trust, and the rule of law.
Alkali, who is the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, thanked the President for the opportunity given him to serve the nation and humanity.
He is a fellow of the National Defence College, hails from Geidam in Yobe State. He 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 Ag. IGP, he was the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department.