President Muhammadu Buhari today over turned his earlier decision extending the tenure of the Inspector – General of Police , Muhammad Adamu by three months, after he had attained his compulsory retirement. In a swift decision and announcement from the presidency, Buhari relieved Adamu of his appointment and replaced him with Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Usman Alkali Baba, as the new Acting Inspector – General of Police. Adamu’s service extention on the 4th of February, 2021, was greeted with wide criticisms by many Nigerians, especially security stake holders, who had tagged it as brazen illegality.
Surprisingly, while Adamu was far away in Imo State , to battle the IPOB and ESN, who he said were responsible for the early morning bombing and attacks on Nigerian correctional service center and Imo State police command, all in owerri , Buhari relieved him of the appointment. Akali’s unexpected appointment was announced by a presidential Aide, Luretta Onuchie and the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Maigari Dingyadi, who disclosed it to the State House Correspondents on tuesday, 6th April, 2021. Alkali who clocked 58 years on March 1, 2021, hails from Geidam, Yobe State. In 1980, he received a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate from Teachers College, Potiskum, in Yobe. He studied political science at Bayero University Kano, graduating in 1985, before proceeding to the University of Maiduguri where he received a Master’s in Public Administration in 1997.
He was a member of course 22/2014 2014 at National Defence College.
Alkali enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988, and later became an Assistant Superintendent of Police, and then Commissioner of Police on January 27, 2013.
In 2014, he was posted to Delta State as the Commissioner of Police. He served as DIG Force CID, Force Secretary at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. He had also served in FCT as the Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and at the Staff College as a directing staff.
He was in Kaduna as the Deputy Commissioner, Administration and Assistant Commissioner, CID. He served in Ilorin as an Area Commander. At Ebonyi State, he was the second-in-command.
He had served in Kaduna, Yola, Jos and Gombe State as divisional police officer, DPO.
Alkali was a former AIG at Zone 5, in charge of Edo State, Delta State and Bayelsa State. He is a fellow of the International War College and a member of the International Association of Police.