By Musa Gada, SokotoÂ
A frontline politician and technocrat, Alhaji.Umaru Aliyu Shinkafi has died in London, United Kingdom at the age 79.Â
Sources close to the family of the former Director-General of the now defunct Nartional Security Organisation (NSO) told BLACKFACE that the deceased had been in and out of the hospital in the last six months battling an undisclosed ailment believed to be associated with old age.Â
ShinkafiÂ reportedly flown abroad in January after a health relapse but had to make his way back to England after initial treatment at two prominent hospitals in Lagos.Â
While alive, he held the title of Marafan Sokoto.Â
A government source in Sokoto told our correspondent that “We lost Shinkafi in London at about 4pm where he was flown to in January with some members of his immediate family and three medical doctors.Â
“In the last six months, he had been battling with his health. But it has pleased Allah to call him home. From Allah we came and unto Him we shall return.Â
The source who pleaded not to be mentioned however stated that “Arrangements are being made to bring his body back home for burial on or before Friday because of flight logistics.”Â
Meanwhile, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal in a message of condolence issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Malam Imam Dalhatu Imam, expressed shocked, saying the deceased was a distinguished legal luminary, security expert, politician with conscience and great community leader and mobiliser.Â
“Marafa’s death has closed a chapter in the life of one Nigeria’s most valuable public officers who made his mark in both public and private sectors. He was a truly passionate Nigerian whose invaluable contributions to issues of national interest will be greatly missed.Â
“His law office served as training ground for many aspiring lawyers in Sokoto State and beyond.
While condoling with his immediate family, the people and government of Zamfara State and the Sultanate Council of Sokoto, Tambuwal prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest.