Mustapha Tafa Balogun, a former inspector general of police, passed away on Thursday, August 4, at about 8:30 p.m. in a hospital in Lekki, Lagos, after a brief illness, according to family sources.
In Osun State’s Ila Orangun, where he was born on August 25, 1947, he was named IGP in March 2002.
A few days before turning 75, Balogun passed away at the age of 74.
Tafa Balogun participated in the third class of cadet assistant superintendents of police. He was promoted as soon as it was due while working in several Police commands throughout the Federation.
He was also a Principal Staff Officer to the first Commissioner of Police in Delta State and former IGP Muhammadu Gambo, who served as the deputy commission of police in Edo State.
In the states of Rivers and Abia, he also held the position of commissioner of police.
Balogun, who was convicted in 2005 on eight charges of corruption, had his corruption case reopened in 2020.
The Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel, which is probing the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, had re-opened the case of a former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun, who was convicted in 2005 on eight charges of corruption.
The panel, it was learnt, had invited a former Assistant General Manager and head of the Abuja branch of the defunct Fountain Trust Bank, Mr Francis Ajala, who was declared wanted by the EFCC for being Tafa’s accomplice