JUST IN: Ex-IGP, Tafa Balogun, Dies 20 Days To 75th Birthday

TAFA AND HIS BATTLE: How, through a resignation letter he didn’t author, the Police ex-Chief was forced out of the force by the Obasanjo-DSS–Ribadu triangle + what large-scale corruption allegation got to do with it


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

Platforms Africa reports that the former Police boss reportedly died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos 20 days to his 75th birthday.

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Mr. Balogun, a flamboyant Inspector General of Police during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was to celebrate his 75th on August 25, this year

Mustafa, his case and career

Mustafa Adebayo Balogun was born 25 August 1947 in Ila Orangun, Osun State.

The former Police officer was widely known as Kumawu, and was appointed Inspector General of the Nigerian Police in March 2002.

Tafa Balogun

He  was the Inspector General of Police, IGP, between 2002 and 2005, before he was forced into submitting his letter of resignation to former President Olusegun Obasanjo because of widespread allegations of corruption against him.

Prior to that time, Balogun was police Commissioner in Delta, Rivers and Abia States, respectively. He was also an Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone 1 Kano

Shortly after his removal from office, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC under Nuhu Ribadu arraigned him on 70 count charges involving about N13 billion allegedly obtained through money laundering, theft and other sources.

As the case progressed in and out of court, he asked for plea bargain in exchange to return some money and property; nevertheless, he got six months sentence, the greatest part of which was spent on a sick bed at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Obasanjo expose on Ribadu, Tafa and “letter of resignation”

Speaking about Balogun during his 80th birthday, Obasanjo who appointed him as IGP, disclosed that there was a particular day Nuhu Ribadu, then boss of EFCC, threatened to arrest Balogun in the Villa over reports of corruption both from DSS and EFCC.

Obasanjo said, “On a particular day, Balogun was in the Villa to see me; Ribadu was also around and threatened to arrest him over those reports. I had a hunch that Nuhu may leak the report to the press as he was close to them. I immediately called Balogun to give him his letter of resignation. I told him if I don’t get it within 30 minutes, I will sack him.”

That incident appeared to have put a final lid on the career of Balogun and since then, he has not been seen in any public outing until his death.

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