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Hanifa: Tanko, School Proprietor Denies Committing Murder


A School Proprietor, Abdulmalik Tanko, who alleged to have kidnapped abducted tortured and killled a five year old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar has today Monday, opened his defence before Justice Usman Naabba.

In his evidence, led by his counsel Barrister, ML Usman, Abdulmalik denied killing Hanifa Abubakar.

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He told the court that himself and two other accomplices don’t know how late Hanifa died.

He said on Dec.2021 he had a serious financial problem in his school and went to the bank for loan which they said he had no requirements.

“On Dec.4,2021 I decided to go and pick Hanifa from Islamiyya School with a tricycle which I hired and took her to my house situated at Tudun Murtala Quarters Kano.

” on arriving home my wife asked me whose child is this and I told her she is one of my staff child who traveled and would be back in two to three days”

On Dec.10,2021 I was on my way to the market when I met one Habu who applied for a job of security guard in my school but yet to be employed him.

” So I told him I have a simple job for him that he should come over to the school at Tudun Murtala that there is a child he is going to look after for me for only one day within the school premises. We exchanged numbers. He accepted to come over 11:30pm and we parted ways.

“On the same date at about past 10:00 p.m, I left the house with Hanifa while she was seriously sleeping. The distance from my house to the school is not far.

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“Hanifa was still sleeping and slept in one of the office on a three seater chair in the office, and i locked and left her in the school.

He also testified that on his way back home he tried reaching Habu ,adding that the next day at about 7:30 a.m he went to the school and was shocked to find Hanifa still sleeping in same position he left her,I touched her hand and felt there was no response.

Tanko told the court that he lied to the second defendant to come over to bury the corpse enclosed in a sack in his school premises.

The prosecution counsel, Kano State Attorney General, Barr Musa Abdullahi-Lawan, during cross-examination asked the defendant if the second and third defendants knew Hanifa was kidnapped and how she later died.

” will I be right to say you are the last person to see Hanifa alive”

The trial judge, Justice Usman Na’abba, adjourned the matter until May 10, for continuation of defence.

Justice Watch News, earlier reports that the prosecution counsel had on April 12, closed it case against the defendants with nine witnesses and tendered 14 exhibits to prove their case.

The offences are said to have contravened Sections 97, 95 and 273, 274(b) and 277 of the Penal Code, Laws of Kano State, 1991.


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