By G9ija

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the former Inspector-General of Police, late Tafa Balogun, will be remembered for his penchant for boosting the morale of officers and men in the Force.

The Nigerian leader stated this in a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, while reacting to the death of the former Police Chief, who died on Thursday at the age of 75.

Buhari stated that Balogun did his utmost best to ensure that the police performed its statutory responsibilities under a democratic dispensation while he was in office.

He, however, expressed condolences to the Nigeria Police Force as well as family, friends and associates of the former Police IG over his death.

The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family, friends and associates mourning the death of former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mustapha Balogun.

“He also mourns with the Nigeria Police Force, an institution Balogun spent the better part of his life serving.

“The President recalls that Tafa Balogun, during his tenure as IGP, did his utmost to ensure that the police performed its statutory responsibilities under a democratic dispensation; and his penchant for boosting the morale of officers and men in the Force has been acknowledged by those who served under him.

“President Buhari’s thoughts are with the family, the government and people of Osun State, as well as colleagues and former colleagues of the deceased police chief.

“He prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed.”’

In a related development, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has expressed sadness over the demise of the former police boss.

In a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Ismail Omipidan, the governor said Balogun contributed a lot to the nation’s security during his years of meritorious service in the Force.

He noted that the late retired IGP was a true patriot and respected community leader who made notable contributions to the development of his community and humanity at large.

Oyetola sent his condolences to the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Kayode Oyedotun, former Osun Governor, Chief Adebisi Akande, the immediate family and friends of Balogun, the Nigeria Police Force and the people of Ila-Orangun where the late IGP hailed from.

He said: “On behalf of the government and the good people of Osun, I join family members, friends, the Nigerian Police Force and the people of Ila-Orangun to mourn the death of retired Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun. I pray Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings, admit him into Aljanah and grant his family and loved ones the strength to bear his demise.”