- Usman Alkali Baba has assumed his new position as the acting head of Nigeria Police Force
- Baba was decorated with a new rank by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
- This came just one day after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the police boss
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Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, on Wednesday, April 7, decorated the new acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, with his new rank in the State House, Abuja.
Among those present at the decoration ceremony at the State House were Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, former IGP, Mohammed Adamu, the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, and a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, The Nation reports.
Others were Osinbajo's media aide, Laolu Akande, the permanent secretary of the State House, Tijjani Umar, and the permanent Secretary of the ministry of police affairs, Temitope Fashedemi.
The development was announced on the official Twitter page of the police minister and the presidency on Facebook.
Meanwhile, some revelation had emerged as to why the tenure extension of Mohammed Adamu, the former IGP was cut short.
The disclosure was made by Dingyadi who told journalists on Tuesday, April 6, that the power to make such a decision resides only with the president.
“Mr. President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please allow him that responsibility and we cannot do anything about it.”
The minister added that Adamu's successor, Usman Alkali Baba was chosen from high-ranking and proficient officers who are fit for the job in all ramifications. He went on to disclose that Baba's appointment was in line with Buhari's plan “to rejig the security architecture of the country, to ensure that the security challenges bedevilling the nation are brought to an end.”