Hanifa Abubakar Murder: Kano withdraws Schools’ Licence, Proprietor Arrested

Hanifa Abubakar Murder: Kano withdraws Schools’ Licence

Abdulmalik Tanko who was the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, in Kwanar Dakata, Kano State, has been apprehended over the murder of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar, who was a pupil in the school.

Abdulmalik Tanko was apprehended with two other accomplices whose names are Hashimu Isyaku and Fatima Musa.

The three suspects were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Mahmud Jibrin of Gidan Murtala, Kano Metropolis. They were charged for kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, concealing of truth and culpable homicide.

Musa Lawan, who is the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, took no chances and requested for seven days to enable his counsel to adequately prepare the case file.

Moreso, he applied for the remand of the suspects in a custodial centre and this application was granted by the magistrate while the matter was adjourned to the 2nd of February, 2022 for hearing.

Abdulmalik Tanko, Hashimu Isyaku and Fatima Musa were apprehended for the murder of Hanifa Abubakar. They allegedly poisoned her to death and went on to take 100,000 naira from her family as ransom.

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In the light of these events, the Kano state on Monday withdrew the licences of all private schools in the state. They all have to revalidate their certificates before they will be able to run in the state again.

This was made known by Muhammad Kiru who is the state Commissioner for Education, on Monday during a press conference.

He stated that due to the fact that this sad event happened in a private school, the state has gone on to revoke the certificates of all private schools and that they would all have to be revalidated.

He also added that the Ministry of Education would set the needed requirements for the said recertification.

He also added that for the success of the exercise, a panel made up of the Ministry of Justice, Department of State Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other relevant agencies have been set up.

The Governor of the state Abdullahi Ganduje has made it clear that he would not hesitate in signing the death warrant when the suspects have been convicted.

He made this statement while paying a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in Dakata/Kawaji.

Also present during this condolence visit were Dr Nasiru Gawuna who is the Deputy Governor of the state, Majority Leader, House of Assembly, Labaran Madari as well as other top government officials.

He promised the family of the deceased that the process to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice has already commenced and that they will surely face the full weight and wrath of the law.

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