Journalists covering crime under the auspices of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) have consoled the family of late Tafa Balogun, a retired Inspector-General of Police.
The former Police boss died on Thursday at Reddington Hospital, Lagos, at the age of 75. This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos by CRAN President, Mr Olalekan Olabulor.
The journalists in the statement said that Balogun’s demise came as a rude shock to all.
It console the family and urged them to take solace in the fact that death was a debt all owed.
The statement said that under the command of Balogun, ‘Operation Fire for Fire’ was launched to arrest growing banditry and cross-border robbery.
According to the statement, the deceased ended the reign of the notorious cross-border terror, Hammani Tijani, who was based in the Republic of Benin.
“Undoubtedly, he will be sorely missed by CRAN members and we pray for comfort for the family he left behind,” it said.
The statement further said that the late Balogun was a cop par excellence whose service recorded in the police yielded tangible results, especially in the area of welfare and promotion of personnel.
“Given the nature of our job as crime reporters, we had cause to interface with him and he was very receptive and truly cared for our welfare even as I-GP.
“Despite that his service termination came as a shock, he still commanded respect among police officers who often described his administration as “the best I-GP” of all times.
“The reason is not far-fetched; the late Balogun was a welfarist who beyond the gruff and tough exterior, valued the welfare of officers and men,” it said.
CRAN in the statement pointed out that Balogun dedicated his retirement years to clamour for community policing, stressing on the need to strengthen the traditional institution to boost internal security operations.
Some retired senior police officers and family members have described the late former Inspection-General of Police (I-GP), Mr Tafa Balogun as one of the best cops Nigeria ever produced.
The retired officers paid glowing tributes to the late Balogun in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday at his Ikoyi, Lagos residence.
Many said Balogun was one Inspector-General of Police that brought great reforms to the force.
Mr Tunde Alapinni, a retired Assistance Inspector-General of Police (AIG) and one-time Force Spokesman, said the impact made by Balogun could not be ignored.
Alapinni said that Balogun was devoted to the transformation of the police and its personnel.
In his own tribute, retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Waheed Kassim, described the late Balogun as a dear brother and friend, stressing that his death was shocking.
For DIG David Omojola, it was too early for Balogun, whom he described as his “Big Boss’’ to leave this earth suddenly.
“However, we are consoled that he impacted positively on our lives.
His tenure as I-G witnessed tremendous and good policing,’’ Kassim said.
Mr Edward Ajogun, a retired Commissioner of Police (CP) and one- time Personal Assistance to Balogun as I-GP, said his former boss was always thinking positively about the Nigeria Police Force and security of Nigeria.
Ajogun said that Balogun brought lots of reforms into the police including the creation of female mobile police.
He also introduced computer training for officers, mass promotion for officers stranded for years and ensuring that officers were promoted according to seniority.
He said that under Balogun, the Force had credible staff list which was used for promotion, stressing that the late I-GP was a unifier, encouraging officers to work as a team.
Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Mr Abiodun Alabi, described late Balogun as a visionary leader and a mentor to many retired and serving officers.
Alabi said that anytime he visited the late I-GP, he always drew attention to how best Lagos should be policed.
“The Force will miss his wealth of experience.
It is his mentorship that has piloted some of us to where we are today in the Force,’’Alabi said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State CID, Mr Fayoade Adegoke, described the late I-GP as, “a great dad, benefactor, mentor, super cop who revolutionised the Force as an I-GP.
’’ The first son of the deceased, Mr Abayomi Balogun, said that his father never changed one bit before his death as an advocate of doing anything that was right.
He said many people misunderstood his father as a strict person, stressing that members of the family were not exempted from such strictness.
He described his father as a brilliant officer, father, who always attracted standing ovations at occasions, local or international wherever he was made to deliver speeches or lectures.
The second daughter of late Balogun, Ms Bolale Balogun, said her father would be greatly missed for many things, including food recipes, words pronunciation, reading and responsible behaviour.
“My father taught me that there is no alternative to success than to follow due process in all things.
“He made me tough like himself.
If he wants to punish you for doing wrong, it is 24 strokes of the cane; because of this, no one dares get into daddy’s trouble,’’ she recollected.
The former police boss died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos on Balogun will be buried on Saturday in Osun. He was Nigeria’s 21st indigenous Inspector-General of Police.
He served as IG-P during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He joined the Nigerian Police Force in May 1973 as member of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Course 3. Balogun attended the University of Lagos and graduated in 1972 with a B.
A. in Political Science.
He worked in various police commands and rose through the ladder to become IG-P.
Balogun was at a time the Principal Staff Officer to former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edo, and pioneer Commissioner of Police in Delta.
He was also CP in Rivers and Abia states.
Balogun, a fellow of the premier highest military institution in Nigeria, the National War College, later became an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone One, Kano, from where he was named the 21st I-GP of Police on March 6, 2002.
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The Police Command in Plateau has commenced the enforcement of the ban on use of spy number plates by vehicle owners in the state, as directed by the Inspector General of Police (I-GP).
DSP Alfred Alabo, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the IGP, Usman Alkali, recently banned the use of spy number plates by vehicle owners across the nation.
He said that in line with directive of the IGP, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bartholomew Onyeka, had also directed all heads of formations, units and area commanders to immediately commence arrest of defaulters.
”The Commissioner of Police Plateau command wishes to inform the general public, particularly owners of vehicles using the spy number plates, with or without authorisation, to henceforth stop using such plates with immediate effect.
”They are to respectfully return such number plates to the state command through the office of the PPRO of the command.
”All Area Commanders, DPO’s, HOD’s and Tactical Teams are hereby directed to go all out and effectively and professionally ensure the enforcement of the IGP’s directives without further delay,” he said.
Alabo said that the Commissioner warned all security personnel to respect the rights of citizens in the state while enforcing the ban He further directed that all Policemen attached to VIPs currently using the spy number plates, should ensure prompt compliance with the directives or risk being arrested for deliberately violating it.
He called on residents of the state to support the command to actualise the directive, adding that the decision aimed at promoting the security of lives and property of citizens
The Police Command in Lagos state on Saturday announced its resolve to enforce the ban on the use of Police Spy Number Plates.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, announced this on his verified Twitter handle on Saturday, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Inspector-General of Police (I-GP), on Wednesday ordered a ban on use of Police SPY Vehicle Number Plates by vehicle owners across all the states of the federation.
The Force spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who made this known in a statement, also stated that, irrespective of whether it was authorised or not, all authorisations were revoked indefinitely.
“This order is necessary to forestall the continuous disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other extant laws guiding road use by individuals hiding under the privileges of SPY police number plates.
“The I-GP has, therefore, directed that police officers and other agencies attached to VIPs who use the SPY number plates should ensure prompt compliance with this directive or risk being arrested for violation of the order,” Adejobi said.
The police command in Lagos, therefore, urged all persons currently in possession of such plates to forthwith discontinue their usage.
Hundeyin warned that as part of the enforcement, the plates would be confiscated by the police and other security agencies wherever they might be seen in the state.
“Users of these plates are to cooperate with security agencies in this regard.
“In line with the SOPs of the ban and its enforcement, no user of these plates is to be arrested, except where, of course, such a user resists the removal and confiscation of the plate or assaults security agents in the process.
“It is to be noted that it is immaterial that the number plates were duly acquired and appropriately used, as all authorisations have been revoked,” he said.
The image maker called on all concerned to give maximum support in the enforcement as the development was geared towards improving internal security in the country.
The Inspector General of Police (I-GP), Mr. Usman Baba, approved the promotion of 21,039 junior police officers, who were last promoted in 2017 or earlier.
Interim Force Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said junior officers promoted were 20,572 sergeants to the next rank of inspector, 324 corporals to sergeants and 143 constables to the rank of corporal.
Adejobi said the promotion was part of ongoing efforts to improve welfare, service conditions, as well as boost staff morale, to improve efficiency.
He also said it was part of I-GP's manpower development campaign to ensure deserving officers were promoted accordingly.
The police spokesman said that the idea was to encourage hard work and further promote the culture of merit, excellence and dedication to duty.
Adejobi said the Force's high command was in contact with the Police Service Commission about publishing promotions for senior police officers.
He said that I-GP had assured that the promotion would be approved and released soon.
According to Adejobi, the I-GP praised the newly promoted officers for their resilience and invaluable commitment to their duties, while urging them to see their promotions as a call to renewed zeal, vigor, patriotism in duty and dedication to professional police standards.
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