6th Year Anniversary: Life, Legacies Of A Great Scholar, Astute Lawyer, Emir of Keffi, Shehu Chindo Yamusa 111
By Abubakar Sadiq Mohd
Born on the 4th November,1966, Dr. Barr. Shehu Usman Chindo-Yamusa 111 became the Emir of Keffi in Nasarawa State on the 14th December, 2015, ten days after the demise of his late father, the then Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Muhammadu Chindo-Yamusa 11 who died at age 70.
Hailed from the famous Royal family of Abdul-Zanga, a reknowed warrior who founded the Emirate way back in 1802, the Respected Monarch completed his early education in 1978 at the Baptist primary school, Keffi and then proceeded to Plato College, Sharon where he passed out in 1987.
In 1989, the Emir bagged a Diploma in Law from the famous ABU Zaria before obtaining a degree in Law from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto in 1996. He immediately proceeded to the Law School in Lagos where he was called to bar in 1998. In the same year, the Emir was posted for his NYSC at Nixxon Mobil and served as Assistant Senior Lawyer before he was subsequently absorbed and appointed as Consultant by Nixxon.
Due to his quest for knowledge, the Emir of Keffi felt he was not done with academic, therefore secured an admission into the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom for his Masters Degree on Environmental Law and Policy, Petroleum and Minerals Law and Policy in 2004.
Having completed his Masters Degree in Law (LLM) the Emir of Keffi returned to Nigeria and was immediately appointed by the Nasarawa State Government as Administration Officer in the Office of the Secretary to the state government as Desk officer, coordinating UNICEF activities.
In 2007, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa 111 rose to the rank of Principal Administration Officer and was assigned to served as the State Coordinator where he facilitated the construction of many boreholes in all local government areas of Nasarawa State.This was done under the tutulage of UNICEF mandate on community animation.
Other assigned responsibilities successfully carried by the Emir were being a Member of the National Working Group (NWG), and Committee on New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) where he became a member of the National Steering Committee coordinating North-central Geo-political Zone, comprising of Benue, Plateau, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara states.
Having recorded tremendous achievements in the service of the state government, the reverred Monarch decided to shift his services to the academia and took appointment with the Nigerian Universities Commission,(NUC) in 2009.
He was appointed as Principal Academic Standard Officer with major responsibility on legal drafting, academic briefs, Research and Strategic planning matters.
In 2011, the Academic cum Legal luminary Emir moved to Nasarawa State University, Keffi and took appointment as Lecturer 1 in the Faculty of Law so as to give back what he has to the younger generation. He became the only lecturer with specialization on Environmental law and policy, Oil and Gas in the Faculty.
Meanwhile in the same year, 2011, Dr. Shehu Usman Chindo Yamusa 111 gained admission at the Islamic University of Malaysia and instantly proceeded for study fellowship where he subsequently bagged his Docrate Degree on Energy Law with specialization in Renewable energy and sustainable development.
The Emir’s Research Laboratory approach was on “The establishment of legal framework for sustainable development on renewable energy in Nigeria.” thus, made him the only scholar to obtained Doctor of Philosophy in Law within the shortest and approved time frame as well as becoming the only lecturer with such area of specialization in Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
After completing his Doctrate, the Emir was privillaged to be retained by his alma mata, the Islamic University of Malaysia to serve as Lecturer in the University.This was however rejected by his late father and Emir of Keffi who felt coming back home to impact the knowledge on his fellow country men and women was more viable and appropriate than staying there.
And so, the obedient son he is, Dr.Shehu Yamusa did not hesitate to flew back to Nigeria and continue his academic work at the Nasarawa State University,Keffi where he went on adding academic value to the under graduates and post graduate students. He also served as Examination Officer of the Faculty of Law until his selection by the kingmakers of Keffi Emirate and appointed the 15th Emir of Keffi by the Nasarawa state government on the 14th December, 2015.
On his ascension on the throne, Dr.Shehu Usman Chindo-Yamusa 111 becomes
1. President, Keffi Emirate Council
2. Deputy Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs
3. Member, Northern State Council of Chiefs and Emirs and
4. Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
Prior to his appointment as the Emir of Keffi, the Monarch has written several sound academic and intellectual journals, Articles and Books extensively on
1. Minerals Law,
2. Islamic legal framework for Shareholders and Directors
3. Sustainable development
4. Renewable energy and
5. Related issues especially global warming.
The Learned Emir has also presented scholarly papers in several developed and developing countries. His academic appearance include at the Headquarters of the United Nations, NewYork in 2015, just some months before his appointment as the 15th Emir of Keffi.
Summarily, His Higness, Dr.Shehu Usman Chindo-Yamusa 111 is an embordment of knowledge who authored many books such as Milestone in Nigerian Law, in honour of Distinguished Senator, Abdullahi Adamu, 2007, Nigeria House of Assembly Power, Duties and Functions, 2014 among others.
The Legal Luminary has also bagged several awards both National and Internationally, including Nigerian Mining and Geo Science Society Service Award, Patron, Nasarawa State University Award for Quality Leadership by Arewa Journalists Forum, Award of Excellence, Rotary R1 District 9125, Abdul-Zanga School Award, Peace Award, Royal Golden Legacy Award, Leadership and Peace Award by Boys Brigade of Nigeria,Keffi Battalion, Award of Excellence by Law Students Association of Nasarawa State University,Keffi, Award of Excellence Quranic Recitation and leadership’s scorecard performance, Governing Council, Islamic University,Uganda, among others.
He has Membership in Professional bodies including Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Management.
His Highness has also visited no fewer than 24 countries across the globe. He is married with children.