President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, disclosed the reason he appointed Usman Alkali Baba as the new Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP.
According to the President, the experience of Baba played a huge role during the selection process for a new IGP.
The President made this known while briefing journalists after he returned from his routine medical check-up in the United Kingdom.
The New Diplomat had reported that Buhari landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday after spending 17 days in London.
Top officials who were at the airport to welcome Buhari include the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Muhammed Bello; and the National Security Adviser to the President, General (rtd) Babagana Monguno, the Service Chiefs and IGP Alkali Baba among others.
Speaking on the appointment of Baba, Buhari said the decision was reached following a report of a committee constituted by the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi.
In his words, “Well, we went through the system, there was a committee by the Minister of Police Affairs.
“They gave me some names and he happened to be the one chosen. He knows his job, he has been in it for a long time, he went through all the trainings, he has the necessary experience. So, we have a high expectation from him.”
Speaking on the new service chiefs the President commended them, stating that they are performing well.
Recall that hours before Buhari jetted out to London he met with the service chiefs; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amao.
During the meeting, the President ordered the service chiefs to frontally take the battle to the recalcitrant bandits and their sponsors terrorising the country.
However, Buhari commended them for obeying his directive, stating that they are doing their best to end banditry and terrorism in the country.
In his words, ”Oh yes, they have been in the system all the way, they know what is wrong, they know what is right and I think they are doing their best. I hope their best will be good enough for Nigeria.”