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Usman Alkali Baba: 10 Things You Should Know About The New IGP

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Usman Alkali Baba: 10 Things You Should Know About The New IGP

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, sacked Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), a shocking development that gave room to the emergence of Usman Alkali Baba, as Adamu’s successor.

As reported on Newsrand, Baba replaced Adamu whose tenure was extended by three months in February by the President.

Below are 10 things you should know about the new IGP:

  1. The new IGP Usman Alkali Baba was born on March 1, 1963.
  2. He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police on March 15, 1988.
  3. Baba obtained a Bachelor of Arts (ED) degree in Political Science from the University of Maiduguri.
  4. He holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State 1997 as well as Professional Courses/Workshop Institution.
  5. He hails from Geidam in Yobe state and has had meritorious years in the force.
  6. The senior police officer is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
  7. Baba was a member of Course 22/2014 of the National Defence College (NDC).
  8. Before his appointment, Baba had served as the head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID).
  9. Alkali was in FCT as the Deputy Commissioner, Investigation, and was also at the staff college as a directing staff. DIG Baba also has held several strategic positions in the past. Among them are – Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone-5 Benin, Zone-4 Makurdi, Zone-7 Abuja, Commissioner of Police FCT, and Delta Commands.
  10. He became a commissioner of police in January 2014 and AIG in July 2016.

The new IGP is, however, due for retirement in 2023.

 

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Amid Terrorism Scandal, Pantami Lifts Ban On SIM Card Registration

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Amid Terrorism Scandal, Pantami Lifts Ban On SIM Card Registration

Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has lifted the ban on SIM card registration with a mandatory National Identity Number (NIN).

According to Dr. Femi Adeluyi, the minister’s Technical Assistant (Information Technology), who made this disclosure in a statement seen by Newsrand, starting from April 19, 2021, the approval for the activation of the new SIM card registration will take effect.

The statement read: “For IoT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that SIMs can only be used for point-to-point data services specific to the URL they are working with. All other services will be barred.

“In the event that a data-only service is particular to individual use (eg home car tracking, WiFi, MiFi services, etc), the standard NIN registration process will be followed. A Telecoms Master will also be required for Corporates requiring IoT/M2M activations.”

Speaking on the NIN registration progress, Adeluyi added that the biometric verification process had been slower than anticipated, owing largely to the non-adherence of many previous SIM biometric capture processes to the National Identity Management Commission standards.

He said the revised policy would ensure that operators conform to the required standards for biometric capture.

He stated, “The implementation of the policy will commence on Monday, 19th of April 2021. The issuance of new SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on the same date, as long as verification is done and the guidelines are fully adhered to.

“The minister has also directed Nigerian Communications Commission and NIMC to ensure that the provisions of the policy are strictly followed by all operators and subscribers.”

As reported on Newsrand, Pantami had been linked with global extremist groups –the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, after declaring support for them in his past preachings.

Inquisitive Nigerians are however curious if the minister’s move was to divert attention from his terrorism scandal…

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‘FG Still Disturbed Over Missing Chibok Girls’ – Presidency

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'FG Still Disturbed About Missing Chibok Girls' - Presidency

The Presidency has given hope to parents and guardians of the missing Chibok girls, that their release is still a work in progress as the Government is also bothered.

This was disclosed in a State House Press Release in their official Twitter handle, as the Presidency gives reassurance to parents and all concerned citizens.

READ ALSO: Police Say Rescued Trafficked Children Are Yet To Be Claimed

“No one is giving up hope here. Efforts to secure their release through various channels and activities of the security and intelligence agencies remain on course.

“The recent decisive push by the military against the terrorists gives hope that a breakthrough is possible and could happen anytime soon.

The government asks Nigerians to render aid and prayers to the military and understand with them as they discharge their historic mandate to quickly finish off the insurgency war and free all citizens held hostage.

 

HOW IT  ALL STARTED:

On the 14th night of April 2014, seven years from today, 276 female students from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State were kidnapped.

The kidnappers broke into the school, pretending to be guards, although according to sources, a few hours prior to the raid, residents in Chibok had received phone calls from neighboring villages warning them of the incoming attack, who had witnessed convoys containing armed insurgents driving in the direction of the town.

57 of the schoolgirls escaped by jumping from the trucks in which they were being transported, while the others were being transported to Sambisa Forest around Lake chad.

The girls were forced into marriage with members of Boko Haram, with a supposed”bride price” of ₦2,000 each.

In 2015 a video of proof of life was released when Stephen Davis contacted the militants’ commanders during negotiation to release the girls. Some of the girls were down with an illness.

After negotiations, the deal fell through as the girls were unable to gain freedom.

In 2017, Rakiya Abubakar, One of the kidnapped girls was reported to have been found by the Nigerian Army along with a 6-month-old baby while they were interrogating suspects detained in army raids on the Sambisa forest.

82 further schoolgirls were released on 6 May following successful negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, involving the exchange of five Boko Haram leaders.

2018, Salomi Pogu, one of the Chibok girls was rescued by the Nigerian military near Pulka, Borno State. She was also found with a child.

Concerned Nigerians still clamor for the release of the remaining 112 schoolgirls, as the Government reassures them of their unrelenting search.

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