Frank Mba decorated with new rank in Abuja

ASP to DIG: Timeline of Frank Mba’s Promotions In The Nigeria Police

Last updated on August 5th, 2023 at 09:48 pm


When the former Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force Frank Mba was appointed as the Ogun State Commissioner of Police on Thursday, January 26, 2023, little did he know that he would be promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in the next five months.

By March 2023, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) and in less than three months, an announcement came that the oft-speaking but highly disciplined police officer has been promoted to the rank of DIF

How Mba Was Promoted to DIG Rank

On June 16, 2023, the Police Service Commission (PSC) announced the promotions of its officers, Frank Mba was one of the senior officers that made the list three months after he was promoted to the rank of AIG.


His promotion to the rank of DIG could be attributed to hard work and because he is the most senior police officer from the South East.

He was promoted to the DIG alongside Bala Ciroma. While Bala replaced DIG Ali Janga, who has retired from service and represented the North-East geopolitical zone in the Police Management Team, Mba represents the South-East zone and replaces retired DIG John Amadi. Amadi represented the Southeast zone before his retirement.

Mba got the DIG slot because he is the most senior police officer from the South East zone of the country.

According to a spokesperson for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, the decisions were taken during the 21st plenary of the commission presided over by its Chairman, Solomon Arase.

The eloquent orator was the 24th Force PRO of Nigeria Police. Muyiwa Adejobi succeeded him as the Force Spokesman. He succeeded Jimoh Moshood

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His letter of appointment was dated January 24, 2023, and signed by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police to the Police Service Commission (PSC), Hafiz Inuwa.

Who is Frank Mba?

  • Full Name: Frank Mba
  • Home town: Ezimo
  • State of Origin: Enugu
  • LGA of origin: Udenu Local Government Area
  • Course of study: Law
  • Current rank: Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG)
  • Former school: University of Lagos, Akoka; University of Dundee, Scotland.

Handing over to Adejobi as Force PRO

On Saturday, February 12, 2022, the Police Headquarters announced that Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, will be proceeding on a professional course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Jos.

This followed the nomination of the eloquent Mba for a Senior executive Course in Kuru by the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba

Mba handed to his deputy Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).

Frank Mba As A Police Commissioner

The former Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, is now a Commissioner of Police, he was among other officers whose promotions were announced on December 19, 2020, in Abuja.

On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, he was decorated with the new rank at the Force Headquarters in Abuja by the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu.

Frank Mba decorated with new rank in Abuja
Frank Mba being decorated with new rank (CP) by the IGP Muhammed Adamu in Abuja on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Photo Credit:

Below are some of the things we know about Frank Mba, the incumbent Force PRO, who was appointed on January 16, 2019, to replace Jimoh Moshood.

Frank E. Mba As Ogun Police Commissioner

Frank Mba studied law at the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2002.

He also has a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Dundee, Scotland, and a Certificate in National and International Security from Harvard University, USA.

State of Origin:

The new force spokesman hails from Ezimo in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

During his set at the police cadet college, he graduated as the best cadet inspector in academics at the Police Academy, Kano, in 1993.

His diligence and brilliance have been paying off ever since he joined the law enforcement agency.

Mba’s Promotion To AIG Rank

Less than two months the former image maker of Nigeria Police was in charge of Ogun State Police Command, the Ezimo-born police officer was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

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He was promoted along other senior police officers across the country.

According to PSC Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, the appointment and promotions were some of the highlights of the 19th plenary meeting of the PSC in Abuja.

Timeline of Frank Mba’s Promotions:

Below is how Mba climbed the police ladder in ascending order:

  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1999,
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in 2003,
  • Superintendent of Police (SP) in 2006
  • Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) in 2012,
  • Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in March 2019
  • Commissioner of Police (CP), the rank he was decorated with on December 19, 2020
  • Assistant Inspector General: March 28, 2023
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police: June 16, 2023

Previous role

Frank Mba was a former police PRO in Lagos before he was moved to the force headquarters where he acted as the force PRO between 2012 to 2014.

When he was the force PRO, he addressed critical issues confronting the country. One of such issues he spoke on was, “Why Boko Haram use female suicide bombers in attacks” at the National Information Centre, Abuja

He was apt on the issue, according to him female suicide bombers are less suspicious.

He said:

“Established international terror organisations use female suicide bombers, the major reason is that women generally raise fewer suspicion, particularly when there are security layers.

“If you have been following the trend of terrorism worldwide, you will understand that the use of a female suicide bomber is not new.

“But, it is a new trend in our own part of the world”, he said.

The force spokesperson, however, said a new counter-terrorism strategy was being developed to address the new trend in the country.

“We are developing counter-terrorism strategies to deal with that.

“By our rules of engagement and by our culture too, male security operatives generally are not allowed to search females.

“You will see an increase in female security personnel on roads and in other places where stop and search exercises are being carried out.

“Nigerians should be prepared to see more female police officers, bomb disposal experts, DSS operatives and soldiers in combat operations’’, he said.

Congratulations to Frank Mba, one of the most brilliant police officers Nigeria has ever produced.

Schools attended:

CP Frank Mba is one of the most accomplished force public relations officers the Nigeria Police Force has ever produced.

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When we say, “most accomplished” we know exactly what we’re talking about. The fact that most Nigerians believe that the NPF has such an ugly reputation, when Mba comes on national TV everyone falls in love with him and the institution he represents.

Frank Mba’s Contact Details:

  • Email:
  • Phone number: 08038375844

Reputable schools/training institutes he attended:

  1. University of Lagos where: studied Law.
  2. Nigeria Police Academy, Kano: Police training
  3. University of Dundee, Scotland- United Kingdom: Masters Degree in Law
  4. FBI National Academy, Quantico, USA
  5. Harvard University, USA: Certificate in National and International Security

What IGP said about him:

An ex-IGP Adamu sounded thrilled to appoint Mba as the image-maker of the NPF. During his appointment, the police boss charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in revamping the image of the Force.

Law Enforcement Trainings he attended:

  • 2008: Middle Management Course on Global Peace Operations in Vicenza, Italy.
  • 2009: General Criminal Investigation Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Botswana.
  • 2010: US-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program, with special focus on International Crime Issues, Washington DC
  • 2013: Crisis and Disaster Management Course, Israel.
  • 2013: Managing the Media in Crisis Situations, School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos
  • 2017: Strategic Leadership and Command Course, Police Staff College, Jos, Plateau State
  • 2018: Countering Violent Extremism and Police Leadership Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Roswell, New Mexico, USA.

Previous engagements:

Frank Mba was the former Public Relations Office of Lagos State Police Command. He distinguished himself in the most populated commercial city notorious for crime. During his reign as the state Police PRO, crime subsided.

Ex-member, Nigeria Police Contingent to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in Liberia between 2006 and 2007. He won the prestigious UN Medal.

He has been trying his best to shape the image of the force, unfortunately, the bad eggs among them on the streets where they collect bribes from motorists may never make his efforts to yield any positive result SOON.

He is among police officers who have been appointed more than one time as Force PRO. You may want to check our post on “Past and Present PRO of Nigeria Police Force.”

Mba is a future Police IG!

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5 thoughts on “ASP to DIG: Timeline of Frank Mba’s Promotions In The Nigeria Police”

  1. With such professional degrees, the police should post him to head the staff college to set up civil rights and civil liberties course .

    Police cannot protect people’s rights if they are ignorant of the rights. This is why there is tension between our police and the public.

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