BREAKING: Buhari appoints AIG Baba Umar as security adviser 18 days to handover

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the retiring Assistant Inspector General of Police, Garba Baba Umar as a Senior Security Adviser on International Police Cooperation and Counterterrorism in the office of the Minister of Police Affairs.

The appointment was confirmed in a statement released Thursday, May 11, 2023, by presidential spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu.

According to Shehu, this is to enable Nigeria keep the important position and make way for him to complete his nationally beneficial tenure as an Executive Member of the International Police Organization (INTERPOL).

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In approving his appointment, President Buhari took note of a precedent in which a former Executive Member, AIG Kamal Subair (rtd), was retained in service by the Federal Government of Nigeria after retirement in 2018.

The president also took note of the fact that during his tenure as a member of the Executive Committee, AIG Umar assisted Nigeria in many ways, with the hope that in the remaining one year, he will even do more in securing equipment for crimes, border management and counter-terrorism for the country and in helping to get more Nigerians into important positions in the INTERPOL. 

Umar’s tenure at the INTERPOL ends in November 2024, and his new appointment as Senior Security Adviser takes effect from 16th of May, 2023. 

Umar, born in May 1963, has two Master’s Degrees in Law and Criminal Justice, MLC, and in International Relations and Strategic Studies, MIRSS.

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He is at present the Assistant Inspector-General of Police INTERPOL and Head National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja, a position he has been holding since 2020.

He was also a Commissioner of Police INTERPOL and Head of National Central Bureau, NCB, Abuja-Nigeria from March 28, 2019 to December 31, 2020.

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