IG: I will battle banditry, kidnapping, secessionists

Acting Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba assumed his position on Wednesday with a pledge to confront “increasingly, complex and pervasive security threats” in the country.

He acknowledged “terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, secessionist agitation and sundry organised crimes” as threats that need to be dealt with.

Baba, 58, who was appointed on Tuesday, spoke at the Force Headquarters in Abuja after taking the reins from Mohammed Adamu.

Following his decoration at the State House by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Police Affairs Minister Muhammad Dingyadi, Baba was driven into the Louis Eder House at about 2:18pm in a Toyota Prado Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

Baba said: “Much as the challenge of leading the Force to address these threats in the shortest possible time frame, restore security order, and return our beloved nation to the path of national unity may appear daunting, I am inspired by the fact that from my extensive years of service, I can confidently say that the Nigeria Police is endowed with some of the finest, courageous and patriotic officers who, undoubtedly, shall support me to advance the internal security vision of Mr President.”

To achieve the task, Baba told reporters at the State House that “definitely, we are going to rejig our operational strategies.”

He asked Nigerians to “expect improvement in the security situation” and urged them to “collaborate and cooperate with us.”

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