A former Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police Force, Tafa Balogun is dead.
Balogun died in a hospital in Lekki, Lagos state at about 8:30 pm on Thursday after a brief illness.
The former police officer was born on August 25, 1947, in Ila Orangun, Osun State, he was appointed the IGP in March 2002. He was aged 74.
Balogun made headlines all over the country on April 4, 2005, after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the leadership of Nuhu Ribadu brought charges against him, covering the period from 2002 to 2004 when he was the Inspector General of Police. He was accused of stealing and laundering over $100 million.
He pleaded guilty to eight of the 56 count-charges and was sentenced to 6 months in Prison.
He was directed by the court to pay N500, 000 on each of eight counts charges totalling N4 million.