- The acting IGP, Usman Baba, said that the security of the nation is his priority
- Baba made this known in Abuja on Friday, April 9, during a meeting with police senior officers
- The police chief noted that the meeting was aimed at discussing security issues affecting the two regions
Usman Baba, the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has said that the security situation in the southeast and south-south geopolitical zones in Nigeria is critical to his tenure.
The Punch reports that Baba disclosed this on Friday, April 9, in Abuja at the opening of a meeting with police strategic commanders in the zones.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the meeting was aimed at discussing security issues affecting the two regions of the country.
Baba noted that after the meeting, the commanders would go back to their zones to implement the outcome of the meeting.
The IGP said the challenges would require the force to rejig its operational strategies to ensure that the issues were nip in the bud immediately.
He stressed that calling a larger meeting of all commissioners of police and other senior officers would not be right at the moment because of COVID-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the former IGP, Mohammed Adamu, handed over to the new acting IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.
It was reported that the handing over ceremony was conducted at the force headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, April 7.
In a related report, Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) described the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as the new acting IGP as illegal and unconstitutional.
It was reported that the senior lawyer faulted Baba’s appointment based on two key considerations: the Federal Character principle and the constitutional process of appointing a police chief.
Ozekhome argued that the appointment contradicts the provisions of Federal Character as enshrined in the 1999 constitution, as amended.
On the constitutional process of appointing a police chief, the activist lawyer argued President Buhari lacks the power to single-handedly appoint the IGP.