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Ex-IGP Tafa Balogun Dies At 74

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Ex-IGP Tafa Balogun Dies At 74

A former Inspector-General of Police, Mustapha Balogun, is dead.

He died at the Reddington Hospital in Lekki, Lagos State at about 8:30 pm yesterday after a brief illness, family sources said.

Force Public Relations Officer and Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, however, said the police high command was yet to be informed of his demise by his family as is the practice as at the time of filling this report.

Born August 25, 1947, in Ila Orangun, Osun State, he was appointed the IGP in March 2002. Balogun died at 74. The cause of death is not yet known.

He was a member of cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police Course 3.

He was also CP in Rivers and Abia States.

Reacting to his death, president Mohammadu Buhari, in a condolence message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja, recalled that Balogun, during his tenure as IGP, did his best to ensure that the police performed its statutory responsibilities under a democratic dispensation.

He also said that Balogun’s penchant for boosting the morale of officers and men in the force had been acknowledged by those who served under him.

He noted that his thoughts and prayers are with the family, the government, and the people of Osun, as well as former colleagues of the deceased police chief and prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.

Ayomide Ayano

A writer, communicator, Graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Christian.

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