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Usman Alkali Baba, At IGP
The new Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, appointed by President Muhammad Buhari, enlisted in the Nigeria Police on 15th March,1988.
Born on March 1, 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe State, he was until his appointment a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters since December 2020, overseeing key police operations relating to homicide, general investigations, anti-human trafficking, anti-fraud, among others.
He holds a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe State, obtained in 1980, and bagged a BA (ED) Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997.
In his curriculum vitae, he said that his policing vision is, “To enhance police primacy in Nigeria through the provision of a motivational and credible leadership driven by professional knowledge, ethics, emotional intelligence tools, and strategic planning and operational models that are directed at stabilizing internal security and modernizing police operations, facilities and standards within the framework of citizens, consent, trust, and rule of law.”
Usman Alkali Baba was unveiled on Monday, April 5, 2021, as the acting IGP replacing Mohammed Adamu, who bowed out one month shy of the end of his extended tenure. Although he remains in an acting capacity until confirmed by the senate, Muhammed Dingyadi, minister of police affairs, said Baba’s appointment was with immediate effect.
The acting IGP, who is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is coming on board with over three decades of policing experience which started in 1988 when he enlisted in the force.
The Yobe-born officer had also taken several professional courses as his career unfolded, including ones that tested his competence in investigations and counter-terrorism.
He rose through the ranks to become a commissioner of police in 2013 after which he was posted to the Delta State command, where he promised to run an open-door policy. From Delta, he was redeployed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command where he served for about two years.
He has also served in other key positions including as an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5; AIG in charge of finance and administration, as well as police force secretary.
Over the course of his career, Baba has been posted to various commands across the country including in Kaduna, where he was charged with overseeing criminal investigation and administration at different times. While in the FCT, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigations.
He also served in police commands in Edo, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Gombe, and Yola, among others.
In a society where not many people believe that “the police is your friend”, Baba wants to be that officer in whom you would find a friend.
In 2014, shortly after he was posted to Delta as the police commissioner, he was asked what would be his legacy. His response was far from the usual.
Said he: “I want to leave a legacy of policing with human face”.
The acting IGP also spoke of his belief in achieving effective policing through partnership. After arriving in Delta at the time, he set out to meet all stakeholders that could help in ensuring that peace reigned in the state, including the prisons, the media, and other security and paramilitary agencies.
Stated he then: “These visits are to synergise to fight crime and criminality in Delta state”.
At a time Nigeria is being torn apart by security threats and challenges from all corners, challenges that even police officers have not been spared of, could Baba be the long-awaited messiah that will save the citizens and restore the standing of the force? Time will tell.