By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has hailed the appointment of DIG Usman Alkali Baba as the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) describing him as the most experience and ranking police officer for the job.

In a statement signed by the IPMAN president, Engr Sanusi Abdul-Fari in Kasina yesterday, the Association thanked President Mohammadu Buhari for taking his time to make impeccable choice.

IPMAN said going by the pedigree of the new IGP who is the immediate DIG in charge of Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of Nigeria Police Head Quaters, he is thorough and distreet investigative officer who will inhance Buhari’s policy on community policing.

“Another remarkable beauty of this appointment is that it’s based on professionalism, competence, and years of service to the nation. Which mean in all key factors considered in choosing DIG Alkali for this position, he emerged topmost. So, it is not a time when some senior officers or professional colleagues will complain of being side-lined in the process which often has been pointed out as dampening morale of some personnel,” the statement reads.

“Under this new police command, we are lucky to have an IGP who holds a teacher’s grade II certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Bachelor’s Degree B.Sc in political Science, Bayero University Kano and Master’s degree in public Administration, from University of Maiduguri, Borno State. By this we have police commander who can teach his men how to work, who understands the political terrain and who can administer the police professionally” the statement added.

IPMAN president further lauded the policing skills and gallantry of Alkali that have seen him speedily grow in ranks culminating to the IGP position and called on all Nigerians to avail him the necessary support to enable him succeed adding that a tree cannot make a forest.

While reassuring of the confidence Nigerians have on the new IGP’s capacity to improve on the internal security of the nation going by his track-record, he prayed God should grant him the wisdom to pilot the office most successfully, submitting that the new IGP should count on IPMAN’s readiness to support his office at all times especially as it relates to petroleum sector.

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