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A school teacher, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, has been arrested for kidnapping and killing his 5-year-old student, Hanifa Abubakar, after collecting N6 million ransom.

The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna, who confirmed the arrest in a statement said the suspect fed the little girl with poison after realizing that she recognized him.

“On investigation, 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).

“On the 18th of December 2021, having realised that the victim recognized him, he claimed to have poisoned her to death, conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, and buried her in a shallow grave within the private school premises.

“The suspects led a combined Team of Operatives of DSS Kano State, Kano State Police Command’s medical team and Team of Operation Puff Adder to the scene. The body was exhumed and rushed to Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano, examined and confirmed dead by a medical doctor and released to the relatives for burial according to Islamic rites.”

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