Abdulmalik Mohammad Tanko, the prime suspect in the abduction and murder case of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar, in Kano State has revealed how he perpetrated the act.
Naija News had earlier reported that Tanko killed Hanifa five days after collecting part payment of the ₦6million ransom he demanded.
This online newspaper platform further stated that the suspect led the police to exhume the mutilated body of Hanifa which he buried within the school compound at Kwanan Dakata in Kano.
The suspect while narrating how he carried out the act said, “I needed to raise money to expand the school; unfortunately things went awry.
“Yes, Hanifa was my pupil at Noble Kids Comprehensive College, Kwanan Dakata, Kano state.
“How it started, I initially contracted one Hashimu Isiyaku and a lady called Fatima to kidnap her for me; I lied to them that her mother wanted to raise some money from her father, but they couldn’t succeed.
“According to them, when they attempted to take her with them, she refused to follow them, so I did it myself; as her teacher, she felt comfortable to come with me when I went for her.
“One evening on December 4, 2021, I picked her up in a tricycle popularly known as Keke, while returning home from Islamic school within their neighbourhood. I took her home to my family at Tudun Murtala and called a phone number that was dropped in the school and demanded a ₦6million ransom from a lady that answered the call.
“Days later, some of our teachers visited my house, and I suspected they might have come to spy on me because I learnt some of the girls that were with her on a fateful day had revealed that a school uncle had picked her.
“Consequently, I fed her with rat poison to evade being discovered and she died. I buried her within the school compound, like two weeks; after I kidnapped her.”