Former presidential aspirant, Alh. Umaru Aliyu Shinkafi on Wednesday died in London after being in and out of the hospital for more than six months.

Shinkafi, who was a former Director-General of the Nigerian Security Organization (NSO), now Department of State Security Service ( DSS) from October 1979 to November 1983, was flown abroad in January after a health relapse.

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According to sources, the late Marafan Sokoto had initially received treatment at both St. Nicholas Hospital and Reddington Hospital, Ikeja in Lagos before the referral to London became necessary.

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A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “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.

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“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.