Nigeria: Big shake-up in police personnel imminent as new IGP Adamu returns veteran Mbah Police PRO
London, Jan. 16, 2019 (altAfrica)-The Nigeria new Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed has re-appointed Frank Mba as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Nigeria Police.
Mba’s appointment is expected to kick off series of changes expected as the newly decorated police boss hopes to reshape the image of Nigerian police and its relationship with key stakeholders badly managed under retired IGP, Idris Ibrahim
Very competent police source told Alternativeafrica.com that key personnel movement is expected imminently after the new IGP met senior officers immediately after his resumption on Tuesday
The source added that one of the major decision facing the new IGP is the faith of the seven serving Deputy IGP who are mostly his seniors in service.”There’s currently a rumour that all of them will be retired but my understanding is that some of them want to stay and help the new IGP restore order and professionalism to the force without compromising with these bad politicians. The changes are expected imminently”. The source said.
The source, a top police officer in Abuja also disclosed that the imminent reshuffle has been approved by the presidency and pre discussed with the new IGP during a brief meeting with the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba-Kyari
Mbah, He takes over from Moshood Jimoh, an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police who has been redeployed to ‘other national assignment’.
Until his appointment, Mr Mba was working at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi- Lagos. The posting is with immediate effect.
Mr Mba, a lawyer, is an alumnus of the University of Lagos where he studied Law.
He also has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Dundee, Scotland- United Kingdom.
A product of the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano, where he had his initial police training, he is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Quantico- USA.
He also holds a Certificate in National and International Security from the Harvard University, USA.
He is a former federal police spokesperson.
Frank Mbah, a former police spokesman- both at the national and the Lagos State Command levels, he is an experienced communicator and image maker.
The new Inspector General of Police has therefore charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in revamping the image of the Force, improving the relationship between the citizens and the police, bridging existing communication gap between the police and its stakeholders, and assisting the IGP in realising his Mission and Vision for the Force and the nation,” a statement from Force headquarters noted.
“A passionate and versatile police officer who has worked in multiple police units and departments across the country, Frank has attended some of the finest Law Enforcement trainings, both within and outside Nigeria.
“These include:Countering Violent Extremism and Police Leadership Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Roswell, New Mexico, USA (2018); Strategic Leadership and Command Course, Police Staff College, Jos (2017); Crisis and Disaster Management Course, Israel (2013); Managing the Media in Crisis Situations, School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos (2013); US-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program, with special focus on International Crime Issues, Washington DC (2010); General Criminal Investigation Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Botswana (2009); Middle Management Course on Global Peace Operations in Vicenza, Italy (2008); amongst others.
“He was a member of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in Liberia between 2006 and 2007, where he distinguished himself through a combination of hard work, professionalism, and discipline, thereby earning himself the prestigious UN Medal. He has since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Force Headquarters, Abuja,” the statement added.