Despite receiving part of the N6 million ransom requested, the Kano State Police Command nabbed a school teacher, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, for abducting and killing his 5-year-old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar.
On Saturday, December 4, 2021, Hanifa was kidnapped in Kawaji, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state. Tanko, the owner of a private school, poisoned the girl to death on December 18 after she recognized him, according to the command's spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday, January 20.
He then plotted with Hashim Isyaku to bury her body in a shallow grave on the grounds of a private school in Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA.
The suspects led a joint team of DSS Kano State operatives, Kano State Police Command's Medical Team, and Team of Operation Puff Adder to the location where the body was buried.
The body was unearthed and sent to Kano's Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, where it was examined and a medical specialist confirmed his death.
A statement from Kano state Police authorities reads, "Abdulmalik confessed that, the victim, Hanifa was his student at a private school in Kwanar Dakata, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State. He kidnapped her and took her to his house where he contacted her relatives and demanded a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00)
“On the 18/12/2021, having realized that, the victim recognized him, he claimed to have poisoned her to death, conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, took and buried her in a shallow grave located at the private school premises located at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State
“Hashim also confessed that, sometime in the month of November, 2021, the principal suspect, Abdulmalik met him and one Fatima Jibreel Musa, ‘f’, 27 years old, of Layin Falaki Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They plan but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.