The Police in Kano State has arraigned three suspects accused of kidnapping and killing five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar.
The suspects, Tanko Abdulmalik Mohammed-the school teacher, Ishiaku Hamisu, and Fatimah Jibril, were arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court 12, Gidan Murtala, Kano, on Monday.
They are facing charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, concealing/keeping in confinement a kidnapped person, and culpable homicide.
The case has been adjourned until February 2nd, 2022.
Hanifa was a pupil of Noble Kids Comprehensive College, Kano, until sometime late last year when her teacher, Abdulmalik Tanko, kidnapped her and demanded a ransom of N6 million.
Abdulmalik confessed that he conspired with one Hashim Isyaku to kill the girl on December 18th, 2021, having realised that the victim had recognised him and buried her remains within the school premises.
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has promised to abide by the constitutional provision as the Governor, to assent to the death sentence when passed by the Court.
“Whoever is found guilty of this heinous offence will also face death without wasting any time. As a government, we have already started the process. Our constitution provides that, when a death sentence is passed, it is the constitutional power of the governor to assent for the execution of the culprit. I assure you all that, I will not waste even one second,” he stated when he paid a condolence visit alongside his Deputy, Dr. Nasuru Yusuf Gawuna, Majority Leader, State House of Assembly, Labaran Abdul Madari, and other top government functionaries, at the victim’s family residence in Dakata/Kawaji on Monday.
Teacher Kidnaps, Murders Five-Year-Old Pupil, Bury Remains In School Premises