Umaru Bago Tafida

Alhaji Umaru Bago Tafida III became 12th Emir, or traditional ruler of Lapai in Niger State, Nigeria in July 2002, at the age of 48. He succeeded Emir Alhaji Muhammadu Kobo, who died at the age of 92 after ruling for 48 years, and was appointed to the stool by the Niger State governor Abdulkadir Kure.[1]

Umaru's turbanning and presentation of staff of office was attended by Vice president Atiku Abubakar and former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.[2]


As a member of the Niger State Councils of Chiefs, in March 2003 he endorsed the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming elections. Other members of the council endorsing the PDP included the Etsu Nupe (Sanda Ndayawo), Emir of Suleja (Awwal Ibrahim), Etsu Agaie, Emir of Minna and Emir of Kagare.[3] In January 2009 he was among leaders supporting Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole in calling for a probe into corruption in the 1999-2007 administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.[4]

In July 2009 he was part of a delegation led by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and including the Etsu Agaie, Muhammadu Kudu Abubakar that called on the House of Assembly to consider formation of a new Edu State as a base for the Nupe people.[5] In June 2010 a clash between Fulani cattle herdsmen and Nupe farmers in Lapai Emirate caused about 15 deaths. The Fulanis, who arrived by bus armed with sophisticated weapons and waited for villagers to emerge from the Mosque after prayers, were apparently seeking revenge for an earlier killing. Fidau prayers were held at the palace of Umar Bago before the bodies were interred.[6]


  1. Wole Mosadomi (July 29, 2002). "Tafida Becomes New Emir of Lapai.". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  2. Jide Orintusin (2004-04-26). "Niger to Review Traditional, Chieftaincy Laws". Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  3. "Polls: Royal Fathers Endorse PDP". ThisDay. 2003-03-24. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  4. Oluwole Josiah (January 15, 2009). "Why EFCC, ICPC should probe Obasanjo – Oshiomhole". Government of Edo State. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  5. Philip Nyam (July 16, 2009). "Etsu Nupe, Gana Present Proposal On Edu State". Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  6. Chinwendu Nnadozie (7 June 2010). "Chief Imam, 14 Others Killed As Fulani Herdsmen, Farmers Clash". Daily Independent.
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