Full List of Inspectors General of Police in Nigeria From 1964 Till Date.

Abbreviated as IGP, an Inspector General of Police is the head of the Nigeria Police Force who superior other officers in the said police force.

Currently, the Nigerian inspector general of police position is occupied by Usman Ali Alkali.  He is the most senior officer in the police service while the pioneer IGP is Louis Edet.

Nonetheless, having mentioned the name of the PIONEER and ACTIVE IGP in Nigeria, I will like to list out the names of all individuals that have assumed the office of an IGP before in Nigeria.

These names will be listed in accordance with the year each they assume office and when he/she retired.

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List of Inspector General of Police From 1964 Till Date in Nigeria

  1. IGP Louis Edet: 1964–1966
  2. IGP Kam Salem: 1966–1975
  3. IGP Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu: 1975–1979
  4. IGP Adamu Suleiman: 1979–1981
  5. IGP Sunday Adewusi: 1981–1983
  6. IGP Etim Inyang: 1985–1986
  7. IGP Muhammadu Gambo-Jimeta: 1986–1990
  8. IGP Aliyu Atta: 1990–1993
  9. IGP Ibrahim Coomassie: 1993–1999
  10. IGP Musiliu Smith: 1999–2002
  11. IGP Mustafa Adebayo Balogun: 2002 – 2005
  12. IGP Sunday Ehindero: 2005–2007
  13. IGP Mike Mbama Okiro: 2007–2009
  14. IGP Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo: 2009 – 2010
  15. IGP Hafiz Ringim: 2010 – 2012
  16. IGP Mohammed Dikko Abubarkar: 2012 – 2014
  17. IGP Suleiman Abba: 2014 -2015
  18. IGP Solomon E. Arase: 2015 – 2016
  19. IGP Ibrahim Idris: 2016-January 15, 2019
  20. IGP Abubakar Mohammed Adamu: January 15, 2019 – April 6, 2021
  21. Usman Ali Alkali: April 6, 2021, till date

Biography of Usman Ali Alkali, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police in Nigeria

The current Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria is Alkali Baba Usman. President Muhammadu Buhari chose him to succeed Mohammed Adamu, who left the Nigeria Police Force in February 2021. On Friday, June 4, 2021, the Police Council approved Alkali Usman Baba’s elevation to the Inspector General of Police.

Alkali hails from the Nigerian town of Geidam in the Yobe State. In 1980, he graduated from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe State, with a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bayero University Kano in 1985, then went on to the University of Maiduguri to acquire a master’s degree in public administration in 1997.

Alkali joined the Nigerian Police Force on March 15, 1988, and rose through the ranks to become an assistant superintendent of police before being promoted to commissioner of police on January 27, 2013.

He was appointed commissioner of police in Delta State in 2014. He was the force secretary and DIG Force CID at the Nigerian police force’s headquarters in Abuja.

He worked in the FCT as a deputy commissioner for investigations and as a coordinating staff member in the staff college. He has also worked in Kaduna as a deputy commissioner for administration and an assistant commissioner for the Criminal Investigation Department. He was an area commander in Ilorin.

He was the second-in-command at Ebonyi State. As a divisional police officer, DPO, he has worked in Kaduna, Yola, Jos, and Gombe States. Baba served as the assistant inspector-general of police for Zone 5, which included Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa states.

Baba is a member of the International Association of Police and a member of the International War College.

What are the duties of the inspector-general of police in Nigeria?

The Inspector-general of police is regarded as the most senior officer in the Nigeria police force. He is the most powerful official charged with the responsibility of commanding the Nigeria police force. The inspector-general of police is in charge of the chain of command and orders, directives and instructions carried out by the police is given by the Inspector-General to officers. It is a serious sanctionable offence to refuse or disobey an order from the Inspector-General of police.

The Inspector-General is usually appointed by the Nigerian president subject to the approval of the legislative house.

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