When the news of former Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, Tunji Disu replacing Abba Kyari as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) broke, one thing on the lips of many commentators was, ‘At last, a deserving man, a man of integrity will take over’!
Described as the leader of the Good Guys, Disu was first appointed as Commander of the RRS on June 13, 2015 during the term of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and under him, the team did exceptional policing with a human face.
Disu’s first stint at the RRS came to an end on April 10, 2019, after he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police from Assistant Commissioner of Police.
A master degree holder from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Disu was reappointed a day after on April 11, 2019, to continue his brilliant work.
Before being appointed as Commander of the RRS, Disu had previously served as the Aide-De-Camp to the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Afterwards, Disu was redeployed to the Ogun State Police Command as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ago-Iwoye, where he stem the activities of criminals, including cultists.
He subsequently led the Nigeria Police team on African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to quell the crisis in Darfur in 2005.
The successes in Darfur earned Disu instant recognition and he was named the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ondo State Police Command, and later Officer-in-Charge of the SARS in Oyo and Rivers States Police Headquarters, respectively.
The member of the International Police chiefs was elevated to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Rivers State Police Command before he was transferred to Lagos to serve as RRS Commander.
Disu’s model of policing is predicated on the principle of ‘Policing by Consent’ with emphasis on 4Es of Engaging, Educating, Explaining and Enforcing the law.
Recognizing the importance of changing the mindset of the officers about what an ideal policing should be, Disu led a pragmatic and revolutionary movement that brought about the training of officers of the RRS on Emotional Intelligence, Anger Control and Management and De-escalation of crisis.
Disu has never been found wanton, he has never been named in any corruption probe and he has never been pointed accusing finger to in any case of human rights violation.
May Disu succeed