Profile of Nigeria’s new Police chief, Usman Alkali Baba

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President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, as Nigeria’s Acting Inspector General of Police.

In November 2020, outgoing IGP Mohammed Adamu named him the Acting DIG, Finance and Administration.

Prior to the appointment, the new Police chief was the Force Secretary.

Born in 1963, he is an alumnus of Bayero University, Kano, and the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

Baba holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a BA(Ed) in Political Science.

The Acting IGP joined the Nigeria Police on the rank of Assistant Superintendent in March 1988. He was elevated to the rank of Commissioner on January 27, 2014.

Baba was at different times AIG Zone-4 Makurdi and Zone-7 Abuja. He was Commissioner of Police Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Delta Commands.

Earlier, he served in FCT as Deputy Commissioner, Investigation; in Kaduna as Deputy Commissioner, Administration; in Ebonyi as Deputy Commissioner, and an Assistant Commissioner, CID in Kaduna.

Baba was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in various locations Yola, Gombe, Kaduna, and Jos.

The former member of several peace-keeping operations, attended all mandatory courses in the Force. He is trained in investigation, insurgency and counter-terrorism.

Baba Usman is a fellow of the National Defence College and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The former Director at the Police College is married with children.