Buhari appoints DIG Usman Alkali as acting IGP

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced Usman Alkali Baba as the new acting inspector-general of police, with immediate effect.

Minister of police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, communicated the president’s directive to state house correspondents at the presidential villa on Tuesday.

who was a deputy inspector-general of police until his appointment, will replace Mohammed Adamu.

Adamu had on Tuesday visited Imo state to inspect damages caused by the attacks on police headquarters and federal prison in Owerri, the state capital.

Buhari 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Adamu, who was appointed in 2019, had clocked the mandatory 35 years in service on February 1 and was expected to have been replaced by the president.

His tenure extension had elicited widespread criticism and a resultant lawsuit.

Maxwell Opara, a legal practitioner, had taken 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, President Buhari and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had said the law permits the IGP to remain in office.

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