One Abdulmalik Tanko, proprietor of Noble Kids School, has been arrested by detectives attached to Kano State Police Command for abducting and killing a 5-year-old pupil of the school, Hanifa Abubakar.
It was learnt that the suspect was amongst the first set of people who came to console her parents after the abduction on December 4, 2021.
“He was full of tears when he visited the family to console them over the abduction,”said the uncle of the girl, Suraj Sulaiman.
The Command in a statement on Thursday said the school teacher, Abdulmalik Tanko, was the one who abducted and killed the little girl.
The statement by the image maker, Abdullahi Kiyawa,a Superintendent of Police, (SP) read:
“Sometimes on the 04/12/2021 at about 2030hrs, a report was received from a resident of Dakata Quarters, Nassarawa Local Government Area, 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.”
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, met with heads of Security agencies in the State, re-strategized 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 30 years old, of Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa Local Government Area, 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 Locao Government Area, 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 Local Government Area, Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested.”
“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 taken to Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano, examined, confirmed dead by a medical doctor and released to the relatives for burial according to Islamic rites.”
The victim been exhumed.
“Case will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.”
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