The federal Government has faulted claims by some Nigerians that the appointment of the Mr. Usman Alkali Baba as the acting Inspector-General of police by President Muhammadu Buhari failed integrity test.
Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo said this at the decoration Ceremony of the Alkali on Wednesday in Abuja.
But some social critics including a human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) in a statement on Wednesday, described the appointment of the acting IGP as “unconstitutional and nepotistic”.
Buhari through the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, had on Tuesday appointed Baba to succeed Mohammed Adamu.
The former IGP tenure ended in February after completion of his mandatory 35 years of service, but spent about two months out of the three-month extension that was given to him by the Nigerian leader before he was replaced.
According to the Vice President, “when the selection of a new Inspector General of Police often meant the immediate retirement of a cohort of senior police officers whose vast experience and training would no longer be available to the Country”.
He charged the newly appointed IGP, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba to be professional, guide against abuse and stamp out abuses in the force.
“The police must now rebuild the broken bridges of trust with the public and regain the confidence of the citizenry.”
He also urge him to implement the Community policing policy and reconceptualizing policing as a task carried out in partnership with local communities and by officers who are members of these localities.
“You must stamp out the excesses, abuses, and the culture of impunity illustrated by some elements of the force which provoke public outrage against the institution.”
According to him, “you are assuming duty at a very turbulent time in the life of our Country,” noting multiple threats to law, order and public safety.
“The role of law enforcement and in particular that of the Nigeria Police Force as the primary agency charged with maintaining law and order, has never been more important”, he said.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, the former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu were among the top Government officials who were present at the brief Ceremony.