Buhari fires IGP Adamu, names Usman Alkali Baba as acting police chief

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as acting Inspector General of police.

Alkali was a deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police.

He immediately replaces Mohammed Adamu who was fired today.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday.

The president had o February 4, extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector-General of Police for three months out of which the erstwhile police boss spent two months and three days.

Usman Alkali Baba.

Adamu’s exit followed repeated attacks on police formations in the South-East.

On Monday, attackers sacked a military checkpoint, raided a major police base, invaded a prison and freed hundreds on inmates in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

Adamu blamed the attack on the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militia arm of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) — an Nnmadi-Kanu-led group that wants the Igbo-dominated South-East to break away from Nigeria.

The Buhari government considers IPOB a terrorist group.

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