The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has issued an order appointing Tunji Disu as the new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State. This development comes amidst the political crisis that occurred in the state recently. The announcement of Disu’s appointment was made by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement released on Thursday morning. In addition to Disu’s appointment, IGP Egbetokun has also ordered the redeployment of Nwonyi Emeka from his position as Rivers CP to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The decision to redeploy Emeka and appoint Disu is believed to be a response to the demands made by protesting youths last week, who called for Emeka’s removal following the impeachment saga involving the Rivers state governor, Siminalayi Fubara. Governor Fubara, while addressing the people, expressed his concern over the motives behind this move and claimed that he was shot at during his visit to the burnt site of the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex. He further warned that any attempt to unjustly impeach him would face resistance, urging those responsible for his impeachment to inform the people of Rivers state about his alleged offense.
Despite the police denying the allegations of shooting at the governor, the IGP has decided to respond to the growing calls for a reshuffle in the Command. Tunji Disu, prior to his latest appointment, served as the Head of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and was a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad in Lagos State.