IGP Fires Abba Kyari, Nigeria’s ‘Super Cop’-turned America’s ‘Super Suspect’ 

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*Assures the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its professional mandate


By Ngozi Ekhator


Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has fired embattled former ‘super cop’, Alhaji Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police over his indictment by the FBI. The US in turn has also demanded that Kyari be own to the US for investigation.

In his place, another deputy commissioner of police, Tunde Disu, was appointed.


Force spokesman, Frank Mba, a commissioner of police, said in a statement that the IG has also assured Nigerians that the IG special unit that Kyari headed, IRT, would remain professional in the discharge of it’s roles 

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).


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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.


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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.


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