Umar was born on the 22nd of June, 1965. He hails from Tudun Wada Local government Area of Kano State, North Western Nigeria.
He attended Masallachi Primary School, Government Secondary School and Bayero University, all in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. He had his National Youth Service at The Old Anambra State Police Command, which motivated his decision to join the Nigerian Police Force.
Umar was commissioned into the Nigerian Police Force in 1992 at the Nigeria Police Academy, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He rose through the ranks from an Assistant Superintendent of Police to Chief Superintendent of Police between 1992 and 2015 while holding the offices of State PRO, Divisional Crime Officer, Assistant Force PRO, Divisional Police Officer, 2i/c State CID, 2i/c Area Commander and CSP Administration at various formations and commands of the Nigeria Police Force.

In January 2016, he was seconded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to head the Counter Terrorism and General Investigation Section at the Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria and got his promotion to Assistant Commissioner of Police same year.

In 2017, Umar became the Director of Operations of the Commission, and was promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police in the year 2019.
Umar is presently the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).