The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Baba, has approved the appointment of Mr Tunji Disu, a deputy commissioner of police, as the new Head, Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) with immediate effect.

Disu was posted to replace the embattled Abba Kyari, who was suspended from the service of the Nigeria Police by the Police Service Commission.

The Publisher Nigeria learnt that the disclosure was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, on Monday in Abuja.

Abba Kyari, the former Head of IRT was accused of being paid bribes by an internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, to arrest one of his friends in a $1.1 million deal.

Frank Mba said the posting of Disu follows management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the unit for better service delivery.

He said the IG urged the new Head of IRT to demonstrate his professional competence in his leadership of the Unit.

Mba pledged that the unit would remain focused in the discharge of its duties in line with national statutes and international best practices.

What the FPRO is saying in the statement

Mba said that before his appointment, Disu was a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, then later, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

He said the new Head of IRT had also served at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Rivers as the Deputy Head of the Unit.

The statement from the FPRO also partly reads, “He was also a former Commander of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the African Union (AU) Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, Sudan.

“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 and Strategic Leadership Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, among others.

“Disu is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Institute of Personnel management.’’

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It can be recalled that Abba Kyari, who was suspended by the Police Service Commission a few days ago, is being investigated following his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over his alleged relationship with the international fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

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