Former Presidential Aspirant Umaru Shinkaffi Dies @ 79


Former Nigeria’s Presidential aspirant Umaru Shinkaffi is dead. The elder-statesman reportedly died at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex in the United Kingdom at the  age of 79.

Shinkaffi was Born in Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State in January 1937, attended Sokoto Middle School and later Barewa College, Zaria.

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He obtained a degree in Law after his secondary school education, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1974.

Shinkaffi was the vice-presidential candidate of Olu Falae in the APP/AD alliance in 1999, and also held the traditional title of Marafan Sokoto.

He was a Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs and was also head of the secret police, the Nigeria Security Organisation (NSO), which has been rebranded Department of State Services (DSS), from 1979 to 1983.

Umaru Shinkaffi
Late Umaru Shinkaffi (Right) with a friend

Shinkafi would be remembered for his pioneering role in the creation of the National Security Organisation, NSO, the secretive security arm of the Nigerian security apparatus which he headed from 1979 till 1983.


Following his retirement from the police and the NSO, Shinkafi, also a trained lawyer, went into business and eventually into politics and was one of the leading lights of the conservative side of Nigerian politics in the ill-fated Third Republic.

Shinkaffi was at some point the Chairman of the International Bank for West Africa (later the defunct Afribank Plc and Mainstreet Bank Limited which was acquired by Skye Bank Plc in 2014).

He was also the Pro-chancellor of the Sokoto State University and the in-law to Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari and Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

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The late Marafan Sokoto was the elder brother to the former governor of Zamfara State, Mamuda Shinkafi.

He is s survived by three wives, and five children.

May His Soul Rest In Peace…