- Usman Alkali Baba has hit the ground running as he assumes office as Nigeria's police chief
- The acting IGP has shaken up the police management structure, making some key appointments and redeployments
- Among others, Baba redeployed AIG Mustapha Dandaura to Zone 7 Police Headquarters, Abuja
Usman Alkali Baba, the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), has appointed AIG Hafiz Inuwa as the Force Secretary and a member of the Force Management Team.
The new police chief also re-appointed CP Frank Mba as the Force Public Relations Officer and Ag CP Idowu Owohunwa as his Principal Staff Officer.
A statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, April 9, by the police spokesperson, Mba, indicates that Inuwa takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone 7 Police Headquarters, Abuja.
The IGP also ordered the posting of CSP Idris Abdullahi Abubakar as the PSO II to the IGP, SP Isah Abdulhamid as PA-IGP, SP Nura Kabir Hanga as Secretary.
The statement reads in part:
“The Senior Police Officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his Management Team in developing/implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilizing internal security, modernizing police operations and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens."
All the appointments and postings take effect immediately.
In another development, Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has described the appointment of the new acting IGP as illegal and unconstitutional.
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.