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Buhari, Associates Mourn The Death Of Ex-IGP, Mustapha Balogun

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President Muhammadu Buhari has joined friends, family, and associates in mourning the death of former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mustapha Balogun.

In a condolence message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja, the president also mourned with the Nigeria Police Force, an institution Balogun spent the better part of his life serving.

Buhari recalled that Balogun, during his tenure as IGP, did his best to ensure that the police performed its statutory responsibilities under a democratic dispensation.

The president added that Balogun’s penchant for boosting the morale of officers and men in the force had been acknowledged by those who served under him.

Buhari said his thoughts and prayers are with the family, the government, and the people of Osun, as well as former colleagues of the deceased police chief.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.

Also reacting to his death, the chairman, Ila-Orangun Community Development Council in Osun State, an umbrella body for all indigenes of the town, Chief Oye Oke, on Friday said it would be hard to fill the vacuum the death of former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun has created in the community.

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Chief Oke, who said besides bringing Police Training College to the town, the late Balogun gave several indigenes of Ila opportunities to join the Police Force.

Oke, who is also the Saloro of Ila, described the ex-IGP as a humble person who treated all religions in the town equally.

Also reacting to Balogun’s death, the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, also on Friday mourned the former Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun.

Oyetola, in a message, condoled the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun; former Osun Governor, Chief Adebisi Akande; the immediate family and friends of Mr Balogun; the Nigeria Police Force; and the people of Ila-Orangun, where the late IGP hailed from.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, obtained in Osogbo, the governor also noted the contribution of the late retired police officer, saying his input contributed in no small measure to the nation’s security during his years of service in the Force, including when he served as the IGP between 2002 and 2005.

The governor also described Balogun as a true patriot and respected community leader who made notable contributions to the development of his community and humanity.

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