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Former Inspector General Of Police Tafa Balogun Is Dead, Aged 74

Former Inspector General Of Police Tafa Balogun Is Dead, Aged 74

Former Inspector General Of Police Tafa Balogun Is Dead, Aged 74

Former Inspector General Of Police Tafa Balogun Is Dead, Aged 74

Mustapha Balogun, a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), is dead.

Balogun’s family confirmed his death to Daily Trust on Thursday night but did not provide any other details.

ABOUT Late Tafa Balogun

Tafa Balogun, the 21st Inspector-General of the Police, was born in Ila-Orangun, Osun State, on August 8, 1947. Course 3 was an Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Cadet Program. Tafa, a veteran of the Nigerian police, served as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the previous Inspector-General of Police, Muhammadu Gambo, Deputy Commissioner of Police Edo State, and the first Commissioner of Police in Delta State. Additionally, he served as the CP in Rivers and Abia.

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Former Assistant Inspector General of Police A.I.G Zone One, Kano, and Nigeria’s 21st Inspector General of Police on March 6, 2002, Tafa was a fellow of Nigeria’s premier military college, the National War College.

In 2005, his trial gained worldwide attention. During his three years as police chief, Tafa Balogun was accused of embezzling and laundering more than $100 million from the police treasury.

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Former Inspector General Of Police Tafa Balogun Is Dead, Aged 74

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under Nuhu Ribadu brought 70 charges against him, covering the period from 2002 to 2004 when he was the Inspector General of Police. He made a plea bargain with the court in exchange for returning much of the property and money. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

Judge Binta Nyako said her sentence reflected that Balogun was a first offender and had shown remorse. He was directed by the court to pay N500, 000 on each of eight counts charges totaling N4 million.

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His trial was full of drama. One of such was when he collapsed on his seat on June 29, 2005, at the Abuja High Court.

The former police boss, who pleaded guilty to eight of the 56 count-charges directly affecting him, was convicted and sentenced to six months in each of the charges, which is however to run concurrently.

He was released on February 9, 2006 after serving his sentence, part of it at Abuja’s National Hospital.


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