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How school proprietor who killed Hanifa, visited parents, wept profusely during her captivity

Posted by Editor | 22 January 2022, 02:16am | 328

Apparently to deceive the family, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, the proprietor of Noble Kids Nursery and Primary School, Kwana, Kano, was said to have cried uncontrollably when he visited the the parents of Hanifa Abubakar, the five-year-old pupil of the school.


The riddle surrounding the five-year-old, who went missing in December, was solved when the police arrested Tanko for masterminding the kidnap of the little girl, left in his care, and paraded him before the media on Thursday.

The suspect, who has since confessed to the crime when he was paraded at the Kano Police Command Headquarters, narrated how he abducted the victim, kept her in his house and poisoned her afterwards, when he discovered that she had recognised him, then dug a hole and buried her in one of his schools.

Daily Nigerian, quoted Suraj Sulaiman, the uncle of Hanifa as describing how a supposed distressed Tanko shed tears when he visited the parents to console them.

He said: “He was full of tears when he visited the family to console them over the abduction,” he said, while speaking on the incident, which saw the little girl murdered after after the N6million ransom her abductors demanded was paid.

Mother of the deceased, obviously inconsolable, was said to have charged at the school proprietor-turned kidnapper  on sighting him at the police headquarters on Friday morning, demanding why he could do such a thing to her, the report further said.

Giving further details, Tanko, narrated how he used a N100 rat poison to end the life of Hanifa Abubakar, corroborating the account of the police that he went to that length because his cover was blown, as the late Hanifa actually recognised him.

It was gathered that it was in the process of collecting the N6million ransom money, which he had earlier demanded from the parents of the child that he was nabbed.

Hear him: “I picked her inside Keke NAPEP and I carried her to my own house where I lied to my wife that the girl was a daughter to one of the women working in my school and that the mother traveled and pleaded with us to keep the girl for some days. My wife accepted and kept the girl for that reason.

“I realised that the girl’s parents were informed that while picking her, she made mention of ‘uncle’. This gave me the impression that they might be suspecting me as the uncle.

“Then after some time, after some days, some of my teachers visited my house very early in the morning and when they came, I was also suspecting that they were sent over to the house to find out whether the girl was there with me; that was on the fifth day after the kidnap.

“So, I decided that it was better I found a way before I would be caught. I first thought of sending this girl to another state but again, I thought the whole town was aware that she was missing. If the girl was going to be sent out through the main roads, we would be caught. So, that was when I conceived the idea of killing her.

“I picked her at home; she was already sleeping, it was getting to 11pm. I picked her up… I used to take tea always… I was drinking tea at that time, so I put the remaining tea in an empty container of BoBo yoghurt and then I poured in this rat killer poison inside and gave it to the girl, not in my own house.

“When we went to the other school, when we were passing, I told her that I was taking her back to her uncle’s house so as we were going, I gave her the drink on the road and she drank it and then we entered one branch of the school, the branches are two. We entered the other branch with her and I told her I was going to pick something inside. She entered and that was where she finally died.

“I bought the poison N100. I buried her in the school. Let me clear this doubt. People are thinking that it has to do with ritual, this is not rituals. I buried her inside the school simply because I was not able to find any secure place to dig a hole.”




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