Hanifa Abubakar: How School Teacher Abducted, Killed 5-Year-Old Pupil in Kano

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The police in Kano state, Nigeria has arrested one Abdulmalik Tanko, the proprietor of a private school in Kano, Noble Kids School, for abducting and killing a 5-year-old pupil of the school, Hanifa Abubakar.

Tanko had lured the little girl and abducted her in early December, 2021. He then demanded N6 million from her parents as ransome for her release.

After receiving part of a N6m ransome he demanded from her parents, Tanko poisoned Hanifa and buried her remains afterwards in a shallow grave in the school yard located at

“On the December 18, 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.” the statement by local police stated.

Family sources said he was among the first set of people who came to console her parents after the abduction on December 4, 2021.

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Tanko and Hashim

“He was full of tears when he visited the family to console them over the abduction,” said the uncle of the girl, Suraj Sulaiman.

Police statement further clarifies that:

“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 They plan but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested.”

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The suspects led a combined team of security operatives to where they buried the victim and her body was exhumed and rushed to Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano where she was examined and confirmed dead by a medical doctor.

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