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.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of police team to Osun, ahead of the July 16 governorship election in the state.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this on Sunday in a statement he issued in Abuja.
He said the team would be headed by Mr Johnson Kokumo, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).
Adejobi said Kokumo, also the supervisory DIG for the South-West, would be assisted by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) during the election.
He said four Commissioners of Police (CPs), 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and 30 Assistant Commissioners of Police were also deployed for the exercise.
According to him, adequate police personnel of the rank of Chief Superintendents of Police and below have equally been deployed for the election.
He said Kokumo would oversee the implementation of the Operation Order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment.
Adejobi said the idea was to ensure a peaceful and conducive environment, devoid of violence for law abiding citizens to freely perform their civic responsibilities without molestation or intimidation.
He said other senior officers deployed would coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three senatorial districts, 30 local government areas and 3,753 polling units in the state.
Adejobi said the CP and Provost Marshall at the Force Headquarters, Mr Julius Alawari, had been temporarily deployed to Osun for the election and would be there until the conclusion of the exercise.
He said the CP in charge of Osun, Mr Olokode Olawale, had been temporarily moved to the Force Headquarters.
The police spokesman said the I-G would on Tuesday, meet with stakeholders in Osogbo, adding that the operational deployments were part of actions aimed at creating a conducive and enabling environment for the election.
He said the personnel deployed were drawn from the conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and INTERPOL.
Adejobi said others were drawn from the Special Protection Unit (SPU), Police Airwing, Public Relations Department (FPRD) and the police medical team.
He said the personnel would be on ground to guarantee free, fair, credible and acceptable election.
According to him, five Armored Personnel Carriers for patrol, as well as three helicopters and six Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for aerial surveillance amongst other unique operational assets are also deployed.
He said the Nigeria Police Force was satisfactorily prepared for the election and reiterated the commitment of the Force to synergise with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders for the election.
Adejobi said the synergy was to protect democratic values, provide level playing field for all political actors, ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC officials, equipment, accr
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Supervising South-East, Mr John Amadi, says the force will intensify collaboration with South East governors and leaders to ensure improved security.
Amadi, who is also the DIG in-charge of Research and Planning, gave the assurance while speaking to newsmen during an oversight visit to the Police Command in Enugu on Thursday.
The DIG said it would meet with the governors and leaders of the zone to come up with a robust security architecture that would reduce crime and criminality to its barest minimum in the zone.
He assured South-East residents of improved security as the police had deployed fresh strategy in tackling insecurity in the zone.
“What we are here to do is to ensure that our people sleep with their two eyes closed and they are assured of their safety always.
“We are working out a fresh strategy, which might not be discussed in the public.
“To ensure we achieve this; we will be working with the active collaboration of the state governors and prominent sons and daughters of the zone as well,” he said.
Amadi noted that he would be meeting with various security stakeholders in the zone to have intensive and robust interaction with them.
He however, charged the police personnel to redouble their efforts and remain focused in ensuring peace, safety and orderliness in the zone.
Speaking, the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Lawal Abubakar, noted that in spite of heightened violent crimes, the command had reasonably maintained peace in the state.
Abubakar attributed the successes achieved in the state to the support of the state government, other sister security agencies, traditional rulers, residents and private organisations.
The commissioner pleaded with the Inspector-General of Police to deploy more manpower and give a facelift to the command’s office environment.
A total of 41 Divisional Police Officers, five Police Area Commanders and other senior officers as well as police rank-and-file of the command attended a security lecture delivered by the DIG. (
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says he will continue to give all necessary assistance in terms of logistics and support to all security agencies in the state in order to achieve success in the fight against criminality.Matawalle gave the assurance at the passing out parade of 118 personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defiance Corps (NSCDC), in Gusau on Tuesday.The governor was represented by the Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, retired DIG Mamman Tsafe.He appreciated the Federal Government for recruiting more security personnel to confront the security challenges across the country.“The current administration will continue to take measures to ensure Zamfara is no longer a pond of death of innocent lives, but only a paradise for legitimate living.“I must appreciate the presidential directive for the massive recruitment which is aimed at meeting the manpower of the security agencies needed to competently fight terrorism to an end.“This shows that the government at the center is disturbed with the kind of security challenges the country is facing,” Matawalle added.In his remarks, the NSCDC Commandant in Zamfara, Mr Athanasius Sparks, called for synergy among all security agencies in addressing the security challenges.He challenged the new personnel to maintain high level of discipline, imbibe good working ethics and be ambassador of the corps in the society.“Be informed, therefore, that no form of indolence and malpractices will be tolerated in the course of your official duties”, he added.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Johnson Kokumo, has given assurance that there will be adequate security of lives and properties in Ekiti during and after the state governorship election.
Kokumo, who is in charge of securing the state during the Saturday governorship, gave the assurance at a pre-election stakeholder security meeting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Thursday.
The DIG disclosed that about 17,000 security operatives had been deployed for the poll to ensure that the state was properly secured to avoid any breakdown of law and order.
He emphasised that the deployed operatives were meant to secure the state and not for any form of intimidation of the citizens.
Kokumo added that soldiers would be at the borders of the communities to secure every corner of the state and prevent any type of intruders from entry.
He disclosed that security operatives attached to all Very Important Persons (VIPs) had been withdrawn and returned to base for the purpose of the election.
The DIG also called on the people to be law abiding and respect all the processes of the election, to be able to have a peaceful and credible poll in the state.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of adequate personnel and other operational assets of the Force ahead of June 18 Ekiti governorship election.The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Adejobi said the deployment would involve Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), technical capabilities of the Police Air wing, the Force Marine, Mounted Troops, K-9 Section, and other operational assets.Adejobi said selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police would also be deployed, to ensure effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the election.He said the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Mr Johnson Kokumo, had been deployed to coordinate the security component for the election.Adejobi said Kokumo, also the supervisory DIG for the South-West, would oversee the implementation of the operation order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment.He said the idea was to ensure a peaceful and conducive environment, devoid of violence that would guarantee law abiding citizens of security to perform their civic responsibilities, without molestation or intimidation.According to him, Kokumo will be assisted by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), three Commissioners of Police (CPs), five Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs).He said the Senior Officers would coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three Senatorial Districts, sixteen Local Government Areas and the 2,445 polling units in Ekiti.Adejobi said conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), and INTERPOL would be on ground for the electionHe said the Special Protection Unit (SPU), Force Public Relations Department (FPRD) and Police Medical Teams would also be deployed to guarantee free, fair, credible and acceptable election.According to to the Force spokesperson, five Armored Personnel Carriers for patrol, as well as four helicopters and unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), for aerial surveillance are among other unique operational assets for the exercise.
The Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Adolphus Aghughu, has urged auditors and law enforcement officers to take advantage of forensic auditing to effectively fight crime.
Aghughu gave the task in Abuja on Thursday at the induction of newly trained forensic examiners from the Forensic Institute of Nigeria (CFIN).
He said the era of "whistle blowing" should end, adding that auditors and other crime investigators should be more professional in their work.
“We at OAuGF feel fulfilled and can boldly say that we have a functional forensic laboratory.
“It is a celebration that in our audits we can generate electronic evidence. The era of pleading without evidence, preferably forensic evidence, must end.
“We cannot run away from electronic evidence because all accounting transactions are automated. That is why for auditors, automated accounting platforms should be a key source of evidence,” he said.
He called for strong synergy between the OAuGF and other anti-corruption agencies to ensure the efficiency, accountability and effectiveness of public management.
"That's the only way governance will have an impact on people," he said.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Mr. Usman Alkali, said the induction was auspicious and came at a time when Nigeria was facing serious security challenges.
Alkali, who was represented by Kokumo, a police deputy inspector general (DIG) in charge of the criminal investigation, said the security situation called for better policing approach and techniques.
“How to restore the primacy of the Nigerian Police in the country's internal security architecture is the main challenge ahead of us.
“I am aware of the longings of Nigerians for a police system that not only ensures their safety, but also treats them with courtesy and holds their human rights sacred.
"The Nigerian Police leadership understands the importance of forensic science in effective crime management and policing," he said.
The IG-P said it would continue to provide the highest possible level of professionalism and responsive leadership to meet the desired aspirations of Nigerians.
“This can only be achieved by training, retraining and exposing Nigerian police men to modern policing techniques, hence the relevance of this certification program,” he said.
Professor Peter Olayiwola, president of the CFIN, denounced the existence of inadequate forensic experts and laboratories in Nigeria.
Olayiwola said that the availability of proper forensic laboratories and experts would go a long way in curbing official crimes and other forms of crime.
However, he praised some government agencies for acquiring forensic laboratories to increase their efficiency.
“The best digital forensic laboratory is owned by the Commission (EFCC).
“The OAuGF and the Nigerian Police have also established their own.
“But it is still not enough. We do not have adequate laboratories to serve our growing population,” she said.
He praised the Nigerian judiciary for taking an interest in learning about forensic evidence and electronic data.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that part of the members of the CFIN certification were 50 OAuGF personnel including Aghughu and 40 officers from the Nigerian Police Force.
Three of the new members of the OAuGF, Olusegun Fadipe, Rabiu Aina and Danjuma Saliu, were also awarded for emerging as the three best students of the formation.
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The Zamfara government says that peace is gradually returning to the state despite the activities of unpatriotic businessmen from the conflict in the state.
Conflict entrepreneurs are a group or individuals who promote conflict for profit.
This was revealed at a joint press conference in Kaduna on Sunday, State Information Commissioner Ibrahim Dosara and Security and Internal Affairs Commissioner, retired DIG Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe, on the state of affairs in Zamfara.
They said that as part of the measures, the state government has recruited 4,200 Community Protection Guards (CPG), comprising former military men, volunteer men and other patriotic citizens.
The commissioners said that the CPG will support state security operations to confront the bandits in their enclaves, with a view to reducing their threat.
“It may interest you, journalists, to note that these 4,200 GPCs have already started basic training and are now collaborating with the security operatives that are pursuing the bandits,” they said.
According to them, despite the activities of the unpatriotic businessmen of the conflict, the state of Zamfara would soon regain its lost glory as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria.
“Unknown to many Nigerians, bandits aside, there are some unpatriotic politicians and conflict businessmen bent on sabotaging the peace process out of their selfish desire for power or deterring the successes of the Zamfara state governor and his citizenry.
“We wish to announce that, Insha Allah, the state of Zamfara will soon regain its lost glory as one of the most peaceful states in the federation.
“You may also be interested to note that there is relative peace in almost all parts of the upstate, with a few skirmishes here and there. It is my belief that being 100 percent successful in making a state free of crime will never be a one-day affair,” the commissioners said.
According to the commissioners, the government and people of Zamfara today are very hopeful with the gradual return of peace to their communities.
“To back up this claim, the Zamfara state government recently hosted a gigantic crowd in Gusau, the state capital, from inside and outside the state who came and lived in Gusau for a week without a single act of banditry against our visitors. .
"Interestingly, not a single visitor bothered on their way back or back to their destinations," they added.
The Head of the Federation Civil Service (HOCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has said that the HOCSF office is collaborating with the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to ensure an effective civil service for the country.
Yemi-Esan, who said this on Thursday in Abuja at the First Quarter Public Private Partnership Units Consultative Forum Meeting, added that the goal was to achieve world-class civil service.
Yemi-Esan, who represented Agalasi, Director of Infrastructure at HOCSOF, said there was already a Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan in place from 2017 to 2021.
“We have a succession plan from 2021 to 2025 and what the Service Headquarters is doing is bringing innovation to the service to make it the best.
“That's why we partner with the ICRC because we know the government doesn't have all the money; so we need the collaboration of the private sector to get to where we need to be,” he said.
He expressed HOCSOF's optimism to liaise with all other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) to achieve the established milestone.
For his part, the ICRC's Acting Director General, Mr. Michael Ohiani, said the commission had achieved great milestones in recent years.
He said that even the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the ICRC from issuing certifications for new concession projects.
The commission issued 19 outline business cases (OBCs) in 2021, making a total of 116 OBCs since inception, and 5 full business cases (FBCs) in 2021, making a total of 47 FBCs since inception. .
Four projects were approved by the Executive Council, making a total of 49 FEC approvals from inception to the end of 2021.
“ The ICRC facilitated an APMG-sponsored Certified PPP Practitioner (CP3P) course for 60 Nigerian government employees at the federal and state levels.
“The Federal Executive Council has given approval to two PPP projects, the Onitsha River Port Project and the Federal Coastal Fishery Terminal, Ebughu, Akwa Ibom.
“This brings to a total of 51 FEC approved PPP Projects, OBC certificates have been issued to the Federal Ministry of Transport/Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) for the Tincan Island Truck Transit Park Concession.
“Lagos State and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments for the development of a gas station on leased land at the National Museum, Jos,” Ohiani said.
He said that FBCs have been issued to the Nigerian Police for the refurbishment of the DIG Quarters in Maitama, Abuja, and that plans have started for a first PPP Summit in Africa to be announced soon, among other achievements.
“In addition to building the usual PPP capabilities, this year we will encourage global certifications through NII3P, such as the APMG Certified PPP Practitioner (CP3P) for our members,” he added.
He said the commission had started charging fees for regulatory guidance activities which it said included Outline and FBC review and other processes that may require fees under the ICRC Act and ICRC regulations.
He also said that the ICRC was available to partner with all stakeholders to significantly upgrade Nigeria's infrastructure to a world-class level.
Ohiani also acknowledged the efforts of all the MDAs and expressed gratitude for the consistency on the part of the hosts and sponsors, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the forum is a quarterly meeting held at the behest of the Federal Ministry of Fice and the ICRC to discuss issues related to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
Police Affairs Minister Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi expressed shock at the sudden death of Joseph Egbunike, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) who died on Tuesday.
Dingyadi, in a statement by the secretary, Mr. Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, on Wednesday in Abuja, described Egbunike as a very famous policeman.
The minister expressed his sympathy for the immediate family of the late DIG during his condolence visit to the deceased's residence in Abuja.
He said that Egbunike's death was a great loss for his immediate family, the Nigeria Police and Nigeria respectively.
The minister prayed that Almighty God grant eternal rest to the deceased, comfort his immediate family and also the Nigerian Police.
Dingyadi urged the Nigerian Police family to draw strength from the late DIG's outstanding prowess and view his professionalism and conduct as a beacon of morale for excellence in the performance of their duties.
Furthermore, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Usman Baba, commiserated with the family, relatives and friends of the late DIG. Interim Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. “The IG, on behalf of the Force Management Team and Officers of the Nigerian Police Force, regrets to announce the passing of DIG Joseph Egbunike which occurred on Tuesday at around 9pm “Egbunike died on active duty at National Hospital, Abuja, after a short illness “Until his death, the late DIG was in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department and the supervisory DIG in charge of the South East,” it said. He said that Egbunike was a dedicated and experienced police officer. he who served the nation in various capacities, including as Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Accounts and Budget. (LLB Hons.), BL, a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) and a Ph.D. in Criminology.