Kano court sentences killers of 5-year-old Hanifa to death by hanging

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Justice Usman Naabba of the Kano State High Court has sentenced the proprietor of Noble Kids School, Abdulmalik Muhammmad Tanko,38  and Hashimu Isyaku, 38, the second accused, to death by hanging for kidnapping and killing Hanifa Abubakar, his five-year-old pupil.

The convicts were convicted to 5 years each for conspiracy.

The judge in his ruling held that the convicts conspired and kidnapped the deceased from the Sheik Dahiru Bauchi Islamic foundation, killed and buried her in a shallow grave in Northwest Preparatory school, located at Kwanar Yan Ghana, in Nassarawa LGA, Kano

To prove his case, the prosecution team led by Kano State Attorney General, Musa Abdullahi Lawan called 8 witnesses and tendered 14 exhibits.

The witnesses include the mother of the deceased, Murja Suleiman Zubair, DSS Operatives who arrested Abdulmalik, and Police officers who investigated the case.

The exhibit tendered includes confessional statements of the convicts, a photograph of the deceased, her hijab, and an Islamic school badge among others.

Little Hanifa was kidnapped on December 4, 2021, on her way back from Islamiyya and k!lled by Tanko who initially demanded a N6m ransom from her parents.

Tanko had earlier confessed to using N100 rat poison to k!ll Hanifa.

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