Frank Mba (left) with Tunji Disu, the incoming Head, Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT)
According to a press release issued by CP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr Usman Alkali Baba has replaced the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mr Abba Kyari the former Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), over his alleged connection to the renowned fraudster Hushpuppi.
Kyari is presently wanted by the FBI in the United States of America who have secured a court order mandating them to bring the airing police officer to the United States of America to face justice over his connections and dealings with Hushpuppi. As a result of that, the police authorities in Nigeria has suspended Kyari. But the IGP according to the statement by Mba assured Nigerians that the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its professional mandate.
Mba statement reads, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has today, 2nd August 2021 approved the posting of DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT). The posting of the officer is on the heels of Management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the Unit for better service delivery.
“2. The IGP has charged the new Head of the IRT to demonstrate his professional competence in his leadership of the Unit. He also assured citizens that the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its duties in line with national statutes and international best practices.
“3. Prior to his appointment as the new Head of the IRT, DCP Tunji Disu, a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja. He had also previously served at the State CID, Rivers State as the Deputy Head of the Unit. He was also a former Commander of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the African Union (AU) Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, Sudan.
“4. DCP Disu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Lagos State University (LASU) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State. He has also attended several professional courses both at home and abroad: Small Arms Smuggling Training in Botswana, Internet Fraud Training at the Cambridge University, UK, Strategic Leadership Command Course at the Police Staff “College, Jos, Forensic Investigations and Criminal Intelligence Course at the University of Lagos, amongst others. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and Chattered Institute of Personnel management, amongst other professional bodies. His posting is with immediate effect,” the statement concluded.