August 10, 2022

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Court sentences killer of 5 year-old school girl to death by hanging

Abdulmalik Tanko

Abdulmalik Tanko

Justice Usman Naaba has sentenced Abdulmalik Tanko, kidnapper and killer of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar to death by hanging at a Kano State High Court. The judge, who also slammed a five-year jail term on the murderer for all the five charges levelled against him, also sentenced, the 2nd accused in the case, Hashim Isiyaku to death by hanging, on four charges, with a two-year prison term beside, for attempts to kidnap.

Justice Usman Naaba also found guilty the 3rd accused person, Fatima Musa guilty on four counts in the case of the murder of Hanifa.

The 5 year-old girl was kidnapped and poisoned by her school proprietor Abdulmalik Tanko, sometime in 2021 after collecting ransom from her parents.

Delivering judgement on Thursday, Justice Usman Naaba, gave the five count charges in Hanifa Abubakar’s murder case as

(i) Kidnapping,
(ii) attempting to kidnap,
(iii) counselling to kidnap,
(iv) abatement
(v) poisoning to death.

The Judge sentenced Fatima Musa for conspiracy and attempt to kidnap and sentenced her to one year each on the two counts because she is a nursing mother.