Former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi,has passed on

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Marafan Sokoto, has died.
He was 79 years. He died at the Harefield Hospital, Hill End Road,
Harefield, Middlesex, in the United Kingdom Wednesday afternoon after a prolonged illness.

Sources at the Palace of Sultan of Sokoto indicate that the deceased passed away in the company of his
wives, children and extended family members.

His body is on it’s way to Nigeria, and will be buried on Friday after burial rites are conducted according to
Islamic injunction.

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

He was called to the Bar in 1974.
He was acting Federal Commissioner of External Affairs and headed a number of OAU mediation commissions.
Shinkafi served as the pioneer head of the Nigeria Security Organisation (NSO).
He was at one time the Chairman of International bank for West Africa.

Since 2012, he served as the Pro Chancellor of Sokoto State University.

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