President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the meeting of the police council being held at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The outcome of this meeting will be to decide if General Usman Alkali Baba becomes the new inspector general of police in Nigeria, confirmed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from a reliable source.
Usman Alkali Baba is the current substantive Nigerian inspector-general of police. He was appointed by the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari to replace Mohammed Adamu who retired from the Nigerian Police Force (NPC) in February 2021. The Police Council on Friday, June 6, confirmed the appointment of Alkali Usman Baba as the substantive Inspector General of Police. Until his appointment as the IG of police, he was a deputy inspector-general of police, force criminal investigation department, force headquarters.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha were also sighted to be in attendance.
Also confirmed to be present at the meeting were the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Ministers of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the Chairman Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba was also sighted at the venue of the meeting but was not part of the deliberations.
The Inspector-General of Police, abbreviated as IGP is the head of the Nigeria Police Force. He is the most senior officer in the police service. The pioneer IGP is Louis Edet and the current IGP is Usman Alkali Baba, who is currently in an acting capacity.
The appointed officer is usually a serving officer of the Nigeria Police Force and is often recommended by the Police Service Commission to the President of Nigeria, who will send the name to the Senate for confirmation.