The of the Kano State Police Command have arrested the proprietor of Noble Kids School, Abdulmalik Tanko, a five year old pupil of the school, Hanifa Abubakar.

The Kano Police said in a statement by the Spokesman of the Command, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, on Thursday that Abdulmalik Tanko, 30, abducted and killed the missing pupil who had been missing for 46 days.

According to the police, the late Hanifa Abubakar was reported missing on December 4, 2021 with the kidnappers placing a N6 million ransom on her.

The statement said that the girl was kidnapped while trekking home at about 5pm in company of others children.

The kidnappers reportedly gave the kids a ride, drop the others but kidnapped Hanifa who was to be the last to be dropped.

The kidnappers were said to have given the kids a ride in a tricycle and dropped all others off but zoomed away with Hanifa who was supposed to be the last to drop.

The police said that the 30 year old school proprietor was arrested at the point of the collection of the ransom he negotiated with the Abubakar family.

It was further stated that the school proprietor led security operatives to the shallow grave where his buried the child.

The teacher was said to have confessed to the murder of the girl with rat poison in a recorded confessional statement.

He admitted that he buried her in a shallow grave with the aid of one Hashim Isyaku, within the premises of his school.

Family sources said that the teacher was one of the early callers who went to express concern with the worried family when the child did not return from school.

“Sometimes 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,”

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi 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 30 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, .
But despite collecting part of the N6million demanded, the abductors of 5-year-old Kano girl, Hanifa Abubakar, killed her.”


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