Taking the bull by the horn: IGP Alkali vows to improve public safety

There were echoes of war before he was appointed the Acting Inspector-General of Police. The situation was such that policemen went about their lawful duties in mufti.

They were also restricted in areas of operation as a result of attacks from people widely tagged unknown gun men who invaded police stations, set them on fire, kill and maim officers and men.

The seemingly first baptism of fire reared its ugly head at the Police headquarters in Imo state. The hoodlums had attacked the nearby correctional center, released incarcerated criminals and set the place on fire. After that, they invaded the nearby Police command headquarters and unleashed mayhem. Not done, they also wrought more havoc by killing and burning adjoining buildings around the strategically located areas. Shockingly, they operated freely for hours in an area surrounded with security men including the police.

Next, they proceeded to the home of the number one citizen in Imo state, Hope Uzodinmma, burnt his cars and some parts of his magnificent palatial home and concluded their onslaught by killing policemen officially on duty there. Tragically, they ugly trend continued with more killings and burning of police formation culminating in the burning, looting and killing at the newly established Zone 13, Ukpo in Anambra state.

While these carnages were going on, there were also pockets of attacks at police formations and stations in Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and other states in the east. In fact, the then Inspector general of Police, Adamu Muhammed was in Imo state to see things for himself when the bubble burst. He was retired while Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, Usman Bab Alkali was announced as the Acting IGP on 7th April, 2021.

The new IGP, who is the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, a fellow of the National Defence College hails from Geidam in Yobe state. He was commissioned into the Nigeria Police Force on 15th March, 1988 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police at the prestigious Nigeria Police Academy (Annex), Kaduna. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

An astute crime-fighter and versatile manager of men and resources, has held several strategic positions in the past cutting across all the departments of the Force. These include: Ag. Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Department of Finance and Administration, the Force Secretary, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone-5 Benin, Zone-4 Makurdi and Zone-7 Abuja. He was also a former Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Delta Commands amongst others. Luckily, he holds a policing vision of enhancing police primacy in the protection of lives and property. He believes in the provision of motivational and credible leadership driven by professionalism and strategic planning, all directed at stabilizing internal security and modernizing police operations within the framework of citizens’ consent, trust, and the rule of law.

All these credible attributes seem to be playing out since he assumed duties as he has taken the bull by the horn by making veritable changes in the leadership of the police in the areas with a view to strengthening their workforce and putting a permanent stop to the horrific stories being told from the east. The changes manifested in the immediate posting of commissioner of Police, Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command. Acting IGP alkali stated unequivocally that the deployment of the new CP was part of the ongoing efforts at re-ordering, overhauling and strengthening the security and policing architecture in Anambra State and other states of the South-East and South-South geo-political zones of the country. This, according to him, was ultimately designed to improve the operational efficiency of the commands and enhance public safety and security. CP Chris Owolabi took over CP Monday Bala Kuryas, who was redeployed to the Anti-Fraud Section of the Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos.

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