(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria’s new Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, was born on March 1, 1963 in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.
Baba, who joined the Nigerian Police Force on March 15, 1988, holds a Teachers’ Grade II Certificate from Teachers College, Potiskum, a Bachelor of Arts (ED) degree in Political Science, which he obtained from the University of Maiduguri, alongside a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Bayero University, Kano.
Mr. Alkali Baba has functioned in other capacities in the police force, prior to his recent appointment as the acting IGP: Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Yola, Gombe, Kaduna and Jos; Area Commander, Ilorin, Kwara State; second-in-command, Ebonyi State; Assistant Commissioner of Police, CID, Kaduna State; Deputy Commissioner of police (Administration); Deputy Commissioner of Police, FCT and Delta State, (Investigation); commissioner of Police from January 2014; AIG from July 2016, in charge of Zone 5 Benin, Zone 4 Makurdi and Zone 7, Abuja; DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) from November 2020, until his recent appointment as IGP.
Baba had acted as DIG in charge of Finance and Administration, served as Force Secretary, and attended several professional courses. He is a member of Course 22/2014 of the National Defence College (NDC) Abuja and also a fellow of International War College.
The new IGP, who succeeds Mohammed Adamu, whose tenure ended in February, but was extended by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 4, is due for retirement in 2023.