Former IGP Tafa Balogun is dead

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A former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun, has passed on.

He was said to have died at a hospital in Lekki, Lagos at about 8:30 pm on Thursday during a brief illness.

He was 74.

Balogun, who was appointed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was removed for corrupt practices upon which he later entered into plea bargaining.

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Born August 25, 1947, in Ila Orangun, Osun State, he was appointed the IGP in March 2002.

He was a member of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police Course 3. He worked in various Police commands across the Federation and was promoted as of when due. He was also a Principal Staff Officer to the former IGP, Muhammadu Gambo, Deputy Commission of Police, Edo State, the pioneer Commissioner of Police in Delta State.

He also served as a Commissioner of Police in Rivers and Abia states.

He was appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone One Kano State, the position he was holding when promoted to the IGP on March 6, 2002

Balogun, who was convicted in 2005 on eight charges of corruption, had his corruption case reopened in 2020.