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A Kano State High Court has sentenced Abdulmalik Tanko, the kidnapper and killer of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar to death by hanging.

Justice Usman Naaba also slammed a five-year jail term on the murderer for all the five charges levelled against him.

The Court also found guilty, the 2nd accused in the case, Hashim Isiyaku on four charges and sentenced him to death by hanging

He also has a two-year prison term hanging on his throat for attempts to kidnap.

Justice Usman Naaba also found guilty the 3rd accused person, Fatima Musa guilty on four counts in the case of the murder of Hanifa.

The 6 years old school girl was brutally poisoned to death by the proprietor of her school sometime in 2021 after collecting ransom from her parents.

Delivering judgement on Thursday, Justice Usman Naaba, said the five count charges are for kidnapping Hanifa Abubakar, attempting to kidnap her, counselling to kidnap her, abatement and poisoning her to death.

The Judge sentenced Fatima Musa for conspiracy and attempted kidnap and sentenced her to one year each on the two counts because she is a nursing mother.

Until her death, Hanifa was a pupil of Noble Kids Comprehensive College – a school located in Kwanar ‘Yan Gana in Tudun Murtala Quarters in Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state.

She was abducted by Mr Tanko who demanded ransom from her parents and was reported to have killed her in December last year.

Following the suspect’s arrest, the state government arraigned Tanko alongside two others at the State High Court.

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