IGP Alkali absent at the funeral of Tafa Balogun

The remains of former police inspector general Tafa Balogun were laid to rest on Saturday in his hometown of Ila-Orangun, Osun state, amid tears and wails. Balogun, 74, died Thursday at a Lagos hospital and was buried around 2:15 p.m. according to Islamic rites. The burial rite was observed by the Chief Imam of Ila-Orangun, Salaudeen AbdulHamid. His remains were buried in the presence of relatives, close collaborators and other dignitaries who came to pay their last respects to the former police chief. Balogun served as the Nigerian Inspector General of Police between 2002 and 2004. He was convicted of robbery and money laundering in 2005 and jailed for six months. At his funeral, the current IGP, Usman Alkali, was conspicuously absent. Mr. Alkali was represented by Olawale Olokode, the Police Commissioner in Osun State. However, Solomon Arase, a former IGP, was present. Serving IGPs are often physically present at the funeral ceremony of their predecessors. In the funeral oration of Ibrahim Coomasie (IGP 1993 – 1999), in Katsina in 2018, Ibrahim Idris, who was the chief of police at the time, was present. Mr. Idris was also present when Etim Inyang (IGP 1985 – 1986) was buried in 2016, in Mbo, Akwa Ibom State. ‘A celebrated officer’ Arase, who served as IGP between 2015 and 2016, described Balogun as “an operational icon, an intellectual to the core and a celebrated officer.” Arase said the late police chief used to offer him sage advice whenever he faced difficulties in the police force. “It was one of the biggest that we had in terms of police culture in this country,” he said. “Other than that, if you look around you will see that most of us who have come to honor him are people who have drunk from the fountain of his knowledge. He was an operational icon, an intellectual through and through, and a celebrated officer. “For me, even in death, he remains my mentor and benefactor. I would miss his sage advice. He was a great father when you have difficulties with police matters. You can always go to him for advice. “Lagos was like a Mecca for most of us. We expected to see him and sit next to him because of his great knowledge about the police. We’re going to miss that,” Arase said. Bisi Akande, the former governor of Osun, also attended the funeral rites for Mr. Balogun. Mr. Akande, who is also from Ila-Orangun, arrived at Mr. Balogun’s residence at around 4 pm after the deceased was buried. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; IGP Alkali absent at the funeral of Tafa Balogun