Former IGP, Tafa Balogun Dies At 75

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

Family sources told journalists on Thursday night. He was 75.

Balogun, who was appointed as the country’s 21st IGP by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in March 2002, died in a hospital in Lagos, on Thursday.

Born in Ila-Orangun, Osun State on August 8, 1947, Tafa Balogun as he was affectionately called, worked in various police commands throughout the country, including the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to former IGP, Muhammadu Gambo.

He also served as Deputy Commission 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 alleged corruption.

The deceased was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for stealing over $100 million from police treasury.

He was sentenced to six months in prison after signing a plea bargaining agreement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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