Couple of hours after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu blamed IPOB, the Indigenous People of Biafra for the attacks on Owerri Correctional facility, Nigeria’s presidency ordered his removal from the office of the IGP; appointing Usman Akali Baba, as the new (acting) Inspector General of police.
The appointment commenced immediately as ordered by the president.
This was announced on Tuesday April 6, by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi, while briefing journalists.
His appointment is subject to the council of the State meeting expected to be convened soon as reported by Vanguard.
Previously, on February 4, 2021, the president extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the IGP for three months.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had argued the president was empowered by the constitution to retain Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for as long as it suits him.
Malami, however, reacted in a filed suit instituted by a lawyer Maxwell Opara, challenging, among others, the president’s decision to extend Adam’s office as the IGP for another three months from Monday February 1, when he should have retired.
Adamu had spent two months and three days out of the three months extension.
The new Acting-Inspector General of Police, Usman Akali Baba was a former deputy Inspector General of Police, from Yobe State, born in 1963 and joined Nigeria Police Force in March 1988.
He has a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and B.A (Ed) in Political Science from the University of Maidugiri and Bayero University Kano respectively.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News