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Biography/Profile/History Of The Late former Nigeria Security Organisation Boss “Umaru Shinkafi”


The former Nigeria Security Organisation Boss, Alhaji Umar Shinkafi died on Wednesday at a London hospital, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The daughter of the deceased, who is also Zamfara state Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Hajiya Fatima Shinkafi confirmed the death.

She said he died following a “long standing heart disease”.

She said the remains of her father was expected into the country on Thursday and would be buried in Sokoto immediately after a funeral prayer.

Shikafi, who held the traditional title of Marafan Sokoto,was survived by three wives and five children.

Umaru Shinkafi was a Nigerian politician, former intelligence chief, and former Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs. He was a presidential aspirant during the Third Nigerian Republic.

He died in London from an undisclosed illness on the 6th of July 2016.

Early career

Umaru Shinkafi joined the Nigerian police force in 1959, after passing through the police college in Kaduna. In 1973 graduated from the University of Lagos and a year later, he graduated from theNigerian Law School. He was a Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs in 1975 and later became the head of the National Security Organization in 1979.

Third Republic

During the Nigerian third republic, Shinkafi was one of the promoters of the Nigerian National Congress (NNC) a political association formed in 1989 after the disbanding of poltiical groups by the Babangida administration, the NNC later joined the National Republican Convention. Early on, Shinkafi emerged as a leading presidential candidate during the period Babangida banned old breed politicians, he created a choice 92 campaign group for his presidential ambition which intended to have a canvasser in every ward of the federation.

But after the unbanning of old breed politicians, he had to face tough competition in Adamu Ciroma, who had earlier supported his ambition.However, the primaries were later annulled and the presidential politicians banned, a new primary to be conducted under a new Option A4 electoral system was approved by Babangida. During the next primaries, Shinkafi supported the eventual NRC presidential candidate, Bashir Tofa and the party chairmanship aspirant,Hamed Kusamotu.

He died in London from an undisclosed illness on the 6th of July 2016.




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