Hanifa: Principal Suspect To Die By Hanging

By ABDULLAHI RABIU, Kano

The Kano State High Court on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko, the principal suspect who kidnapped killed a five year old School girl Hanifa Abubakar.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Usman Na’abba gave the order while delivering his judgment on Thursday.

Justice Na’abba also convicted Tanko to five years imprisonment for four count charges leveled against him.

Recall that the trio of Abdulmalik (Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School) alongside his accomplice, Hashim Isyaku and Fatima Jibrin were arraigned before the court by the Kano State government on five count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, confinement and culpable homicide contrary to section 97, 274, 277, 221 of the penal code.

The State High Court Judge, Justice Usman Na’aba found guilty the 2nd and 3rd accused Persons, Hashim Isiyaku and Fatima Musa guilty in four counts charges in the case of the Murder of the Five year Hanifa Abubakar sometimes last year

Delivering Judgement, Justice Usman Naaba, said the five Count Charges included the Kidnapping of Hanifa Abubakar, attempt to kidnap her, Counseling of Kidnapping her, abatement, and poisoning her to death.

Earlier Abdulmalik Tanko, Hashim Isyaku, and Fatima Musa were arraigned on February 14 this year on five count charges of criminal conspiracy, attempt to kidnap, abetment, kidnapping, killing, and concealing dead body.

In his acceptance speech prosecution counsel who doubles as Kano Attorney General, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan described Hanifa’s murder as a crime against humanity and prayed the court to ensure justice for the killing of the underage girl.

It is expected that the state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will full fill his promise and sign the death sentence.