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Hanifa Abubakar: Court sentences killer teacher to death

The Kano State High Court has sentenced, a teacher and the proprietor of Noble Kids College, Kano State Abdulmalik Tanko who murdered his pupil, Hanifa Abubakar, in  December 2021  to death by hanging.

Penpushing reports that, it is recalled that, Tanko kidnapped and killed Hanifa, a five-year-old pupil on 4 December 2021, while she was returning from Islamiyya School and subsequently buried her in a shallow grave.

The convict alongside his accomplice, Hashim Isyaku and Fatima Musa, were arraigned before the Kano State High court on a five-count charge of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, confinement, and culpable homicide contrary to sections 97, 274, 277, 221 of the penal code.

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Penpushing further reports that, the Judge, Justice Usman Nababa, sentenced, Tanko,(38), and Hashimu Isyaku(38) to death by hanging for the kidnapping, and killing of the innocent girl, while other convicts were sentenced to five years each for conspiracy.

The  prosecution team led by Kano State Attorney-General, Musa Lawan, called eight witnesses and tendered fourteen exhibits during the trial, while  Tanko had confessed to kidnapping and killing the victim with N100 rat poison before burying her in a shallow grave in one of his schools but later withdrew his confessional statement.

Penpushing also reports that, the judge in same vein sentence another suspect, Fatima Musa, to one-year imprisonment for conspiracy and another one year for an attempt to commit a felony.

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