Professor Emeritus Umaru Shehu, a distinguished Nigerian Professor of Medicine, has passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, 2nd October 2023.
Umaru Shehu was born in Maiduguri on 8 December 1930 in the then Borno province (now Borno State) of the North-Eastern State in Northern Nigeria.
Shehu attended elementary school in Maiduguri from 1935 to 1940, followed by middle school from 1941 to 1943.
From 1944 to 1947, he studied at Kaduna College in Zaria, and then proceeded to University College Ibadan from 1948 to 1953.
He also spent time at the University of Liverpool in two separate periods, between 1953 and 1956, and again from 1966 to 1967.
Shehu obtained his Medical degree from the University of London.
Professor Shehu has held significant positions in several universities, including the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ahmadu Bello University, and the University of Maiduguri.
Until his demise, he was the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria.