Teacher Arrested For The Abduction and Murder Of 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar

The Kano state police has arrested 34-year-old Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, a school proprietor of Noble Kids Comprehensive School, Kano and 2 others for the abduction and murder of one pupil.

In many areas in Nigeria, it is usual for students to walk home from school in groups without adult supervision. This was the case for 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar and her friends who attended Islamic School in the Kawaaji area of Kano state. On a Saturday evening, 4th of January, things took an ugly turn for Hanifa. She was abducted while making the all too familiar journey back home in the company of other pupils.

Speaking to newsmen, Hanifa’s uncle, Suraj Zubair said, “The distance from her home to the Islamiyya school is not far. So children normally trek to the school in group on their own. According the account of some children who witnessed the incident, the kidnappers came in a tricycle and offered to hitchhike them to their home. After dropping them off, they then asked Hanifa to enter again for an extra ride, and then zoomed off with her.”

Days after she was abducted, the kidnappers demanded a ransom of 6 million Naira which was paid.

Hanifa Abubakar ’s remains being exhumed from the grounds of a local primary school

Hanifa Is Found Dead

A statement by the police on Thursday, 20th January confirmed that the school teacher, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, was responsible for the abduction and murder of the 5-year old schoolgirl. A statement from the police reads,

“Sometime on the 04/12/2021 at about 2030hrs, a report was received from a resident of Dakata Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State that, one Hanifa Abubakar, ‘f’ aged 5 years old, was kidnapped and a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00) was demanded,” police said in a statement by the command spokesman, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa.

Suspects: Hashim Isyaku and Abdulmalik Tanko

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, meets with heads of Security Agencies in the State, re-strategizes for effective service delivery and raised a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Shehu Dahiru to arrest the culprits.

“Sustained efforts and prolonged follow – up led to the arrest of one Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, ‘m’, aged 34 years old, of Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State and one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, aged 37 years old, of same address by a detective team of the Department of State Service (DSS) Kano State.

“On investigation, Abdulmalik confessed that, the victim, Hanifa is 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, sometimes 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 planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested.

“The suspects led a combine 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, confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor and release to the relatives for burial according to Islamic Rites.

“Case will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.”

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