Segun Atanda

Seven months after he emerged as Nigeria’s youngest Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), celebrated crime fighter, Mr Abba Kyari, is now
a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).
The promotion was confirmed yesterday, while Kyari is still being celebrated
for the arrest of Nigeria’s billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudubeme George
Onuamadike aka Evans.

His earlier promotion was confirmed by the Police Service Commission (PSC)
on December 15, 2016, when he was 41 years old.

Newsmakersng has reported that Kyari began to gain national prominence in
August 2013, when he arrested Abbey Godogodo, a notorious armed robber
linked to the killing of over 300 people. He recovered 42 AK47 Rifles, GPMGs and RPGs from Godogodo.

He had solved several crime mysteries and arrested kidnappers across the
country, including the abductors of the wife of the Governor of CBN and those
who killed the Chief Security Officer of Dangote Group.

His promotion to the substantive rank of DCP was recommended by the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, who had earlier promoted junior members of his Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for “gallantry,superlative and outstanding performances”.

Kyari who heads the IRT is always being celebrated in the media for his intense effort, focused execution, following up and following through on several mysterious crime cases of armed robberies and kidnappings.

Born on March 17, 1975 in Gombe State to Alhaji Baba Kyari and Hajiya Yachilla Baba Kyari, the young officer began his education at the University of Maiduguri Primary School in 1981. He later attended Government Secondary
School, Maiduguri, in Borno State from 1987 to 1993.

After his secondary school education, he attended the University of Maiduguri
(UNIMAID) from 1993 to 1997, where he bagged a Bachelor of Science (
degree in Geography.

He was a member of the 1998/1999 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in
Akwa Ibom State, after which he enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
as a Cadet ASP on May 1, 2000. He had his basic Police Training in Nigeria
Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, from May 1, 2000 to November 27, 2001. He was thereafter posted to Adamawa State Police Command, where he served for
three years before he was mobilised into 14PMF Yola in 2005.

He was posted to Lagos State Command Headquarters as the Officer in Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in 2010, after serving in the PMF
for about five years.

Impressed by his performances in the war against armed robbers and kidnappers in Lagos then, his boss, Umar Manko, described him as a “very hardworking young man with lots of patience”.

He was later moved from Lagos to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, by the then
Inspector General of Police, Dr. Solomon Arase, as Head of a newly established Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The IRT was established to act as a highly mobile, elitist, technology-driven, fully equipped and well-motivated unit that can consume and utilise quality intelligence deployed for special operational intervention in support of State Commands in the management of high-profile and complex cases like kidnapping and armed robbery.

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