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.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Abiodun Alabi, has promised to collaborate with media professionals as part of the efforts to fight crime successfully in the state.
Alabi made the pledge on Friday while interacting with the members of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), during the association’s maiden congress held under its new President, Mr Olalekan Olabulor.
He commended members of the association for their support and called for more collaborations to secure the state from criminal elements.
“We must be partners in progress; we must work together; I cannot do the work alone as a policeman without the help of the media.
“The public cannot know what we are doing if such activities; success over criminals are not reported by the media,” he said.
The commissioner of police said he was open to criticisms, stressing that CRAN leadership should check fake news writers amongst members.
Alabi, while noting that fake news was capable of destabilising the state, expressed concerns over fake news being spread by online media.
Earlier, the president of CRAN commended Alabi for the attention given to the association, assuring him of collaboration to fight crime in the state.
Olabulor informed the commissioner that members of the association were responsible professionals and will not thrive on fake news.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association had on May 6, elected new executives led by Olabulo of the Tribune Newspapers as President.
Other are Evelyn Usman of Vanguard, Vice President; Niran Odufayo of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Secretary; and Chiemele Ezeobi of Thisday, Treasurer.
The executives include Adah Obiechina of NTA, Assistant Secretary; Ismaila Oguntade of Leadership Newspapers, Financial Secretary; and Taiwo Jimoh of New Telegraph Newspapers, Auditor.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has charged journalists on balanced reportage as he congratulated the new President of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), Olalekan Olabulo of the Tribune Newspaper and other elected Executive members.
This is contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relationship Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CRAN general election was held on Friday at Mike Okiro’s Press Centre, GRA Ikeja, where seven new officials were elected.
Amongst those elected include Olabulor as President, Evelyn Usman of Vanguard as Vice President, Niran Odufyo of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria as Secretary and Chiemele Ezeobi of Thisday as Treasurer.
Others were Adah Obiachina of NTA as Assistant Secretary, Ismaila Oguntade of Leadership Newspapers as Financial Secretary and Taiwo Jimoh of New Telegraph Newspapers as Auditor.
The I-G noted that the new officials were individuals who had dignified and distinguished themselves in their various media fora.
He said the election was recognition of their years of selfless service and commitment to values.
He equally appreciated the outgoing officials led by the immediate past president, Sunday Odita, of the Guardian Newspaper, for their labour at maintaining a friendly mien while carrying out their statutory responsibilities.
Baba assured that his administration would leave no stone unturned in the fight against crimes and criminality in the country.
He urged the new officials to work collectively and closely with the Nigeria Police Force in ensuring a balanced reportage.
The I-G said that the Force would continue to collaborate with CRAN for a safe, secured and peaceful country.