History was made on Wednesday when the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) became the public institution which the newly appointed acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba first commenced his official duty soon after he had been decorated by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja,
In a release by the Public Relations Officer of the NPTF, Olabisi Okuwobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Baba was received at the Police Finance House, temporarily accommodating the NPTF, by the Executive Secretary, Hon. Aliyu Ahmed Sokoto and members of the management team.
During the visit, the acting IGP pledged to work very closely with his host towards actualisation of its vision and mission for the Nigeria Police, disclosing further that the visit was deliberate to show the significance of the NPTF to the Nigeria Police of his dream.
“The Police Trust Fund is my first port of call after being decorated as the new Acting Inspector-General of Nigeria Police Force to let you and members of the Nigeria Police know that the intervention of NPTF is highly needed and expected at this crucial time,” he said, adding “the mission of the Trust Fund, targeted at having a well-trained, well-equipped and highly-motivated Police Force, will be supported by my administration with unwavering cooperation.”
Sokoto, earlier in his welcome address, expressed his appreciation to the guest for choosing NPTF as his first duty-call, saying “the visit of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, will not be taken for granted.”
He noted, “this visit underscores the importance of NPTF’s much needed intervention for the Nigeria Police Force.” He assured the Acting Inspector-General of Police of his administration’s commitment to the mandate of the NPTF.
‘We at NPTF promise to work assiduously to deliver on the fund’s mandate to the Nigeria Police,” he assured.
President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, had on Tuesday appointed the then Deputy Inspector General of Police Baba to succeed Mohammed Adamu.
Born in 1963, Baba, is an alumnus of the Bayero University, Kano, and the University of Maiduguri. He joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1988 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.