Following Tuesday’s appointment, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has decorated a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, as the acting Inspector-General of Police.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Baba to replace Mohammed Adamu whose official tenure elapsed about two months ago. Buhari extended Adamu’s tenure by three months.
However, in a twist of events, Adamu had not completed the three months extension when the President appointed a new acting IGP.
Reports have it that Adamu was in Owerri to visit the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison when he received the news of his replacement.
Recall that some gunmen attacked the security facilities on Monday and released over 1,500 inmates from the prison.
Osinbajo decorated Baba at the Aso Villa in Abuja.
The newly appointed acting IGP bagged a degree in Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985 before proceeding to the University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997 where he obtained a Master’s in Public Administration.
Baba joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1988.
In another development, the Federal Government has promised to grant amnesty to inmates who escaped from the custodial centre in Owerri, Imo state if they return voluntarily.
Speaking on Tuesday, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said the FG would pardon the inmates, as unlawful escape from custody is a crime in Nigeria.
The minister inspected the prison facility on Tuesday after unknown gunmen invaded the Imo State police command headquarters and the Nigerian Correctional Service in Owerri and released 1,844 prisoners.