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Five-year-old Kano girl abducted and killed by her schoolteacher; police exhume body from shallow grave

The body was exhumed and taken to Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano, examined and confirmed dead by a medical doctor.

A school teacher, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, has been arrested by the police for abducting and killing his 5-year-old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar, despite collecting part of the N6m ransom he demanded in Kano State.
The State Police Spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, January 20, said Hanifa was abducted at Kawaji, in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

According to Kiyawa, Tanko, the proprietor of a private school, poisoned the child to death on December 18, after she recognized him.

After which Tanko then conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, and buried her body in a shallow grave located at the private school premises in Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA.

The suspects led a combined team of operatives of DSS Kano State, Kano State Police Command’s Medical Team and Team of Operation Puff Adder to where they buried the body.
The body was exhumed and taken to Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano, examined and confirmed dead by a medical doctor.

“Sometime on the 04/12/2021 at about 2030hrs, a report was received from a resident of Dakata Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State that, one Hanifa Abubakar, ‘f’, aged 5 years old, was kidnapped and a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00) was demanded,” the statement reads.
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi met with heads of Security Agencies in the State, re-strategized for effective service delivery and raised a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Shehu Dahiru to arrest the culprits.

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