Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
Abdulmalik Tanko, principal suspect arrested over the killing of little Hanifa Abubakar, has confessed how he snuffed life out of the five-year-old with a N100 rat poison.
Tanko, who is the proprietor of the school Hanifa attended before her life was cut short, made the confession on Friday while being paraded by the police before journalists at the Bompai police headquarters in Kano State.
He said he eventually poisoned the little girl having discovered that she had recognised him while in custody.
Recall that operatives of Kano Police Command had arrested Tanko, 30, and one Hashim Isyaku, 37, for allegedly kidnapping and poisoning the innocent five-year-old girl to death.
Tanko, who’s a father-of-two himself, confessed he demanded a ransom of N6 million from the girl’s family, but was only N100,000, was redeemed, he claimed, was used to settle his teachers.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, in a statement on Thursday in Kano recounted the outcome of their investigations thus:
“On Dec. 4, 2021, at about 20:30 hours, a report was received from a resident of Dakata Quarters, Nasarawa, Kano State, that one Hanifa Abubakar, 5, was kidnapped and a ransom of N6 million was demanded.
“CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu-Dikko met with heads of security agencies in the state, re-strategised, 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 Abdulmalik Mohammed-Tanko, 30, and Hashim Isyaku, 37, all of Tudun Murtala quarters, by a detective team of the Department of State Service (DSS).
“During investigation, Mohammed-Tanko confessed that the victim, Hanifa, was his pupil at a private school in Kwanar Dakata, Nasarawa, Kano State.
“He kidnapped her and took her to his house where he contacted her relatives and demanded a ransom of N6 million.
“On Dec. 18, 2021, having realized that the victim recognized him, he claimed to have poisoned her to death.
“He conspired with Hashim Isyaku, and buried her in a grave located at the private school premises at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala.”
He further added that Isyaku also confessed that in November, 2021, the principal suspect and one Fatima Musa, 27, met and ordered him to kidnap the girl.
According to the police spokesman, “They arranged for the kidnapping, but later rescinded the action. Fatima was also arrested in connection with the offence.”
Haruna-Kiyawa further revealed that the suspects led a combined team of DSS operatives, police command’s medical team and Operation Puff Adder to the grave where the girl was interred.
“The body was exhumed and taken to Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialists Hospital, Kano, where it was examined and later released to the relatives for burial according to Islamic rites,” he added.
While admonishing parents to beware of schools they enrol their wards, the PPRO said that the suspects would be charged to court upon completion of investigations.