Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has appointed deputy commissioner of police, Tunji Disu, as the new head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Disu takes over from Abba Kyari, who was suspended by the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Sunday, following an indictment by the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI).
Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), announced the development in a statement on Monday.
Kyari, also a deputy commissioner of police, who has been accused of receiving bribe from international fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas Ramon, better known as Hushpuppi, has a warrant of arrest issued against him in the United States.
“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),” Mba said.
“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.
“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.”
Prior to his appointment as the new head of the IRT, Disu, a former commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in 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.
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.