Ex-IGP Tafa Balogun, Dies at age 74

A former Inspector General of Police, Mustafa Adebayo Balogun, also known as Tafa Balogun is dead.


According to report the former Police boss died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos.

Balogun was the Inspector General of Police during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He had an issue with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission while Nuhu Ribadu was in charge.

On April 4, 2005, Balogun was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja for stealing and laundering of over $100 million in his three years as Inspector General of Police from the Police treasure.

The manner of his arrest drew comment from people as he was handcuffed and embarrassed by the Operatives.

He collapsed on his seat on June 29, 2005, at the Abuja High Court.

After pleading guilty to eight of the 56 count-charges directly affecting him, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in each of the charges.

Shortly after his court trial, he went underground and nothing much was heard about him till his demise.

Details of his death is still unknown as at the time of filing this report.

Born on August 8, 1947, at Ila-Orangun in Osun State, Tafa Balogun, was the 21st Inspector-General of Police.

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

Having worked in various Police commands throughout the federation, and earning his promotions as when due, Tafa, was at a time, the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to former Inspector-General of Police, Muhammadu Gambo, Deputy Commission of Police Edo State, the pioneer Commissioner of Police in Delta State. He was also CP in Rivers and Abia states.

Tafa, a fellow of the premier highest military institution in Nigeria, the National War College, later became the Assistant Inspector General of Police A.I.G Zone One, Kano, from where he was named the 21st IGP of Police on March 6, 2002.

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