Alhaji Yusuf Lafiagi, The first Wali of Lafiagi was born inn Lafiagi, to the scholarly family of Mal. Idris Jiya and Malama Aisha. His father, who is from Emi-Kuramba in Lafiagi, was amongst the founders and settlers at Sheshi-dagana, south west of Lafiagi where they engaged in farming.
He attended elementary school at Lafiagi after his Islamic education. He then went to Middle school at Ilorin, where he was school mates with the late Emir of Ilorin, HRH, Zulkarnaiani Gambari. Upon graduation, he joined Nigerian Police force, without telling his father. He had to trek day and night for two days to visit his parents and sought their blessings.
He excelled as an ace detective and transverse most part of the North west, North central and some areas of south west conducting criminal investigations. He was a promising officer being prepared to take charge at independence. By 1966, he was in charge of the Railway police station in Kano. For promotion to ASP in 1965/66, he attended the police officers course in the UK. He was posted to the Nigerian Railway Police Command regional headquarters at Zaria where he eventually took command in 1967, on the rank of CSP.
In 1969, he was promoted to ACP, and transferred to the newly created Kwara state. He was the Assistant to Adewusi, and Later Etim Iyang who were the then Commissioners’ of Police (Both Later Became Inspectors General of Police). In 1970 he was transferred to Northwestern State, as the assistant commissioner to Dimka, the In-law to Gowon, and later to Ganiyu Agbaje. He retired honorably from the police in 1975. He mentored several officers who grew to very senior positions.
Upon retirement, he returned home to Lafiagi and was honored with the chieftaincy title of Wali. He served as appointed councilor in the Edu Local Government during the Local government reforms of 1976. Later in 1977 he was called upon to serve as a lay Magistrate, during the judicial reforms of that time. Sometime in 1986, he finally retired from active service but continued in his farming activities.
Alhaji Yusuf Lafiagi, ACP retired, Wali, Councillor and Judicial officer par excellence, Died on Friday 14th March 1997.
Amongst his children are outstanding Nigerians of repute by any standard. These include; Senior security executive, Legal Luminary, television/Media expert, professor of Medicine, Paramilitary executives, top Bankers, Chartered Accountant and astute business men and women.
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