Burial arrangement for Shinkafi announced by Sokoto Caliphate

By Musa Gada, Sokoto

The Sokoto Caliphate has announced that prayer session would be organised for late politician, Alhaji Umaru  Shinkafi who died in London on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by a senior councillor in the caliphate council, the session is scheduled to hold after Jumaat Prayer in Sokoto upon the receipt of the remains of the late politician and former federal minister.

According to the media aide to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Mallam Dalhatu Imam in a statementon Thursday, “The remains of late Umaru Shinkafi, who died Wednesday at a London Hospital, will be interred Friday after the Islamic funeral prayer to be held at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Sokoto.

Imam quoted the Magajin Garin Sokoto, Alhaji Hassan Danbaba as stating that the Janaza prayer will be held immediately after the Jumaat prayers at the mosque located just outside the Sultan’s Palace.

“Marafa’s remains will arrive Sokoto Friday morning. The Janaza rites will be held after the jumaat prayers, after which he will be interred at the Hubbare here in Sokoto.

“This is to correct the impression that the prayer and the internment will be held outside Sokoto,” the statement added.

Shinkafi, who holds the traditional title of Marafan Sokoto, died at the Harefield Hospital, Hill End Road, Harefield, Middlesex, in the United Kingdom Wednesday afternoon after a prolonged illness.

He was aged 79.

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