There were echoes of war in the South East before he was appointed the Acting Inspector-General of Police. The situation was such that policemen went about their lawful duties in mufti.
Usman Baba Alkali had his first baptism of fire at the Police headquarters in Imo state. The hoodlums had attacked the nearby correctional center, released incarcerated criminals and set the place on fire. Thereafter, they invaded the nearby Police Command headquarters and unleashed mayhem. Not done, they also wrought more havoc by burning adjoining buildings in the area. Shockingly, they operated freely for hours in an area surrounded with security men including the police.