President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Garba Baba Umar, retiring Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police as a senior security adviser on International Police Cooperation and Counter-terrorism in the office of the Minister of Police Affairs.

The appointment 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 Organisation, INTERPOL, it is said.

Malam Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the President said 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.

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Mr Shehu said President Buhari also took note of the fact that during his tenure as a member of the executive committee, AIG Umar assisted Nigeria in many ways.

He expressed 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.

Malam Shehu said AIG Umar’s tenure at the INTERPOL would end in November 2024, and his new appointment as Senior Security Adviser took effect from 16th of May, 2023.