President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, sacked Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector-General of Police and appointed Usman Alkali Baba to take over.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, who disclosed the development during a briefing with state house correspondents in Abuja, noted that the appointment is with immediate effect.
Naija News reports that Adamu was away in Imo State where he visited the police facilities recently attacked by gunmen in Owerri the state capital when his sack and replacement was announced in Abuja.
Until his appointment as the acting Inspector-General, Baba was the Deputy Inspector General in charge of Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters.
The development has attracted different reactions from Nigerians and below are some of their views as expressed on Twitter.
Don’t we have a Yoruba, Igbo or perhaps a Niger Delta indigene in the top echelons of the Nigeria Police and Military forces? Why do the appointments of Security service Chiefs always skewed to the northerners only? I think this must be looked into with a view to curbing nepotism
— Jorgio (@Jorgio4u) April 6, 2021
Who sacks an Employee when on an errand for them????
Well, a warm welcome to the new IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
But, to be confirmed, you have to go through a major Initiation Ceremony…. pic.twitter.com/RdJNx5pVho
— Rafiki (@MichaelBash01) April 6, 2021
Adamu will return to Abuja from Imo State without the privileges and security details of an IGP, it will be he and his driver. Usman Alkali Baba ti take over!!
— #FreeLeahSharibu OONI OF ABUJA (@Deji_OoniAbj) April 6, 2021
I am impressed by the appointment of the New Acting IGP Usman Alkali Baba,
We visited him severally at Asaba in relation to human right abuses when he was Commissioner of Police Delta State even met him at Abuja severally. He is equal to the tasks. Sorry, for criminals.
— Just Society (@JustSociety4all) April 6, 2021
Usman Alkali Baba, a straight 3rd fulani IGP in 6 years Buhari administration.
— Liquid (@Mefoh_) April 6, 2021
Buhari has appointed Head of Force CID, DIG Usman Alkali Baba as the New Acting IG of police with immediate effect. He replaces Mo Adamu whose tenure was earlier extended by 3months after Retirement. So, what happened to the Bayelsa man that was supposed to be next in command? pic.twitter.com/8h5UehcEVR
— Unu Amaro Kam Siri Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) April 6, 2021
BREAKING: Buhari has approved the appointment of Deputy Inspector-General, Usman Alkali Baba as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP.
But Adamu just gave order in Imo this morning? He better rollback his “yeye” order against IPOB and ESN to save his face.
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) April 6, 2021
In appointing Usman Alkali Baba, another northern Muslim, as IGP the president has just missed another golden opportunity to unify a nation in need of healing.
Even if only for the optics.
— Danny Bala Angbashim (@DannyBalaAngbas) April 6, 2021
Goodbye Adamu,rest well and regain your lost weight.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) April 6, 2021
They extended Adamu’s tenure only to fire him on the road?
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) April 6, 2021
Buhari do Adamu strong thing o! Make dem remove u without u knowing.
— SAMKLEF (@SAMKLEF) April 6, 2021
While IGP Adamu was pontificating and sending orders around Imo, President Muhammadu Buhari ‘uprooted’ him from Louis Edet House.
Fear the nonresident President!
— Oluwagbenga Ajongbolo (@arakunrinajos) April 6, 2021
If you understand the Nigerian Police, you will know that removing that Adamu fellow as IGP is a win for us. Solomon Arase was the last IGP we had that cared about citizens’ human rights & the professional misconduct of his officers; let’s hope the new guy will do better.
— Olúyẹmí Fásípè (Ìgbàlódé Pastor) (@YemieFASH) April 6, 2021
IGP Adamu is in imo state issuing orders to crunch IPOB, ESN members without knowing he has been removed and replaced in Abuja. Una say wahala be like wetin again? pic.twitter.com/8jehAGHFs7
— Chekwube Nwufo (@ncheks2005) April 6, 2021
I thought Adamu’s tenure was extended? They didn’t even wait for him to come back from Imo.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) April 6, 2021
It’s funny how President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Usman Alkali Baba as the new acting Inspector-General While Mohammed Adamu was in Imo state barking orders
Judas no do pass this one pic.twitter.com/dxSxBeF06t
— JA Asuquo (@kjasuquo) April 6, 2021
Wait ooo… How can a person travel for an official duty as IGP… only to arrive his destination as former IGP? …only in Nigeria such shit happens…smh. Muhammed Adamu Relieved off duty.
.as Alkali Baba Usman pic.twitter.com/JT1gLvcpMI
— Olawealth Oyelekan (@mide_55334) April 6, 2021</b
If to say IGP Adamu na Yoruba man and Buhari go appoint this Usman Alkali Baba like this Tinubu for hear word
Use and dump ,Sidelined
Deceived …chai we for drag him pyant https://t.co/oqZwI4JjPb
— prince for 85m (@kareem_khafi) April 6, 2021