The former Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun, died at 75.
Mr Balogun’s death was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement by the president’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina.
“President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family, friends and associates mourning the death of former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mustapha Balogun,” Mr Adesina wrote.
“He also mourns with the Nigeria Police Force, an institution Balogun spent the better part of his life serving.
“The President recalls that Tafa Balogun, during his tenure as IGP, did his utmost to ensure that the police performed its statutory responsibilities under a democratic dispensation; and his penchant for boosting the morale of officers and men in the Force has been acknowledged by those who served under him.
“President Buhari’s thoughts are with the family, the government and people of Osun State, as well as colleagues and former colleagues of the deceased police chief.
“He prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed.”
Indeed,, Balogun is one of the most talked about IGP. His fearless posture to dare the dreadful ritual den in Okija, Anambra state is a feat NPF and security conscious Nigeria will not forget.
In March, 2002, Balogun was appointed the country’s 21st IGP by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He worked in various police commands throughout the country, including the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to former IGP, Muhammadu Gambo.
He also served as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Edo State and Commissioner of Police in Delta, Rivers and Abia States.
Before his appointment as IGP, Balogun was the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone One, Kano.
He was forced to resign in 2005 over corruption.
The deceased was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for stealing over $100 million from police treasury.
Balogun was sentenced to six months in prison after signing a plea bargaining agreement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).