Adegboyega Oyetola, the governor of Osun State, paid tribute to Tafa Balogun, the former inspector general of police, on Friday. Balogun passed away on Thursday at the age of 75.
In a message, Oyetola expressed his condolences to Oba Wahab Oyedotun, the Orangun of Ila, Chief Adebisi Akande, the late IGP’s close friends and family, the Nigeria Police Force, and the residents of Ila-Orangun, where he was born.
The late former police officer made a significant contribution to the country’s security during his years of service in the Force, particularly when he served as the IGP between 2002 and 2005, according to a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Ismail Omipidan, acquired in Osogbo.
The governor added that Balogun was a devout patriot, a well-liked local figure, and a significant contributor to the advancement of humanity.
He continued by saying that this was taken into consideration when top-tier Igbomina traditional leaders in the states of Kwara and Osun bestowed upon him the title of Oluomo of Igbominaland chieftaincy in 2020.
“On behalf of the government and the good people of Osun, I join family members, friends, the Nigerian Police Force, and the people of Ila-Orangun to mourn the loss of former Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun,” the statement, which also quoted Oyetola, said.
I ask the Almighty Allah to forgive him, accept him into Aljanah, and give his family and loved ones the fortitude to endure his passing.