Hanifa’s murder: Court remands school proprietor’s wife

Jamila Muhammad Sani, wife of the proprietor of Noble Kids Academy, Kawaji, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano state has been remanded for concealing the kidnap of murdered 5-year-old pupil of the school, Hanifa Abubakar.

Jamila is standing trial on a four-count charge of concealing a kidnapped victim, conspiracy, kidnapping and culpable homicide.

The prosecution, while reading the First Information Report to Jamila, alleged that the 30-year-old concealed the kidnapped victim in her house for the period of five days.

“That you Jamila Muhammad Sani, a wife to Abdulmalik Tanko Muhammad, a proprietor and teacher of Noble Kids Comprehensive Academy located at Kwanar Dakata in Kano State, on the 4th December 2021 around 1830hrs your husband brought to you Hanifa Abubakar a 5-year-old pupil, wearing her school uniform and spent five days in your custody.

“You kept her hostage knowing fully that she was kidnapped by your husband and you refused to disclosed it to any person,” the First Information Report stated.

According to the prosecution, the offence contravenes section 227 of Penal Code.

Jamila denied the content of the First Information Report.

Consequently, the prosecutor Barrister, Lamido Abba Soron Dinki, prayed the court to remand the defendant in police custody pending when the case diary is ready.

Chief Magistrate Muhammmad Jibril ordered the defendant to be remanded in police custody and adjourned the sitting to 2nd February.

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Meanwhile, Jamila’s husband, Abdulmalik Tanko, had narrated how he used N100 rat poison to end the life of the young girl, Hanifa.

Tanko who kidnapped and demanded a N6 million ransom from the parents of the child was arrested in the process of collecting part of the money.

When he was arrested at the Kano Police Command headquarters on Friday, he told journalists that he poisoned the girl with a rat poison that he bought for N100.

He said he kidnapped Hanifa and took her to his house where he contacted her relatives and demanded a ransom of N6 million.

“On the 18/12/2021, having realized that, the victim recognized him, he claimed to have poisoned her to death, conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, took and buried her in a shallow grave located at the private school premises located at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State,” the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa noted.

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