Top politician Alhaji Umaru Ali Shinkafi is dead. The former presidential aspirant, died in London on Wednesday, July 6 after a prolonged illness, The Cable reports. He was the vice-presidential candidate of Olu Falae in the APP/AD alliance in 1999.
Shinkafi 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.
He was running neck-and-neck with Adamu Ciroma in the race for the presidential ticket of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in 1992 before the military government cancelled the primary.
Shinkafi, who held the traditional title of Marafan Sokoto, was a native of Zamfara State.
According to Premium Times, Shinkafi’s body will be flown back to Nigeria on Friday for burial at Abubakar III burial ground in Sokoto.
He is survived by three wives, and five children. One of his daughters is Zainab, wife of Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and another is Hadiza, the wife of Zamfara governor, AbdulAzeez Yari.
May his soul rest in peace.