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IGP reorganises police cybercrime unit, appoints DCP Ifeanyi as head

THE Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the immediate reorganisation of the cybercrime units of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and a formidable front against cybercrime-related offences provided for in the Cybercrime Prevention Act, 2015. 

This was made known today in a statement issued by the Force Public Relation Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, via his Twitter handle @Princemoye1, stating that with the reorganisation, all the various units under investigative departments, hitherto investigating cybercrimes, will be merged under the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Centre domiciled in the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Force Headquarters, Abuja.

   According the statement, the IGP, also, ordered the appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Henry Uche Ifeanyi, as the Director in charge of the newly merged Centre. DCP Ifeanyi holds a Master’s Degree in Security and Strategic Studies from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cybersecurity at the University of Glasgow. 

   A certified Ethical Hacker and a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, DCP Ifeanyi has attended several local and international courses on cyber security. He is equally a member of the INTERPOL Cybercrime Advisory Body, and the Association of Cybercrime Specialists, amongst other professional associations.

   Similarly, IGP Baba on Friday in his office at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, decorated the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Bompai Division, Kano State Command, Daniel Itse Amah, who rejected a bribe of $200,000 in Kano, with his new rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

   Recall that the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday rewarded the senior officer with a special promotion to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and a cash sum of N1 million for rejecting the bribe to cover up a crime reported at his Division.

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