Umaru Shinkafi, a former presidential aspirant in the Third Republic, is dead.
Shinkafi – an erstwhile Director General of the National Security Organisation in the second republic – died in a hospital in London at about 4:07 p.m. Nigerian time, family sources said on Wednesday.
The deceased, who had the title of Marafan Sokoto, died at the age of 79 after a protracted illness.
Shinkafi would be flown back to Nigeria and be buried on Friday after funeral prayers at the Sultan Bello mosque, Sokoto.
He was a presidential aspirant during the Third Republic on the platform of the defunct National Republican convention in 1992.
The Marafan Sokoto was also the vice-presidential candidate of Olu Falae in the APP/AD alliance in 1999, although they lost to the Olusegun Obasanjo/Atiku Abubakar PDP ticket.
He was the 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.