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Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba on Monday appointed Tunji Disu as the new head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The unit was previously managed by deputy commissioner of police, DCP Abba Kyari before his suspension by the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Sunday, August 1.

Kyari was suspended by the IGP over his alleged relationship with Ramon Abbas, self-confessed international fraudster better known as Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi had alleged that he bribed Kyari to arrest and jail “one of his rivals in Nigeria after a dispute over a $1.1 million scam on Qatari business people”.

But Kyari denied any wrongdoing, saying he never collected money from Hushpuppi.

However, Police spokesperson, Frank Mba said Disu’s appointment is to fill the leadership vacuum within the IRT and refocus the unit for better service delivery.

Who Is Tunji Disu?

Olatunji Disu is a Nigerian police officer. He was born on April 17, 1960 in Lagos State.

Education

Disu attended Mayflower Junior School, Ikenne, Ogun State, Pobuna Secondary Grammar School, Epe and Saint Gregory’s College, Lagos for his primary and secondary education.

He obtained a degree in English from Lagos State University and a post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lagos State University

He further studied a certificate in Personal Protection from the United Kingdom and did a Masters in Public Administration at Adekunle Ajasin University, (AAU) Akungba, 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.

Career

The 55-year-old law enforcement officer joined the Nigerian Police in 1992 as a Cadet ASP at the Nigeria Police Academy, Kaduna.

In 2005, Tunji Disu led the Nigeria Police contingent on African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS).

Tunji Disu served as the officer in charge of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ondo, Oyo and Rivers State.

He served as the Aide-De-Camp to the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and later as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

Tunji Disu was the Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State between 2015 and 2020. He was credited with reforming, rebranding and repositioning the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) as the model security outfit within Nigeria and Africa.

He was promoted from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in April 2019.

He was redeployed to Police Headquarters, Abuja

Tunji Disu was the Directing Staff at the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano and National Chairman of the Nigerian Police Judo Association.

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.

Personal Life

Tunji Disu is married with children. He is a christian.

He has over 50k Twitter followers.

His net worth is an estimated $1million.


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