The wife of Abdulmalik Tanko, Jamila Muhammad Sani, on Thursday testified against her husband at a Kano High Court over the death of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar.
Justice Usman Na’abba presided over the court sitting on Thursday.
The state counsel and Kano State Attorney General of the state, Musa Lawan led the prosecution witnesses.
Two DSS personnel and a police officer were presented as witnesses.
The state counsel presented a woman and then Jamila as the fifth prosecution witness.
Jamila while speaking said, “He brought the girl to my house and told me that her mother is a teacher in his school and had gotten a job in Saudia Arabia and will be going to Abuja to sign some papers.
“She came with school uniform and school bag. I asked where is her clothes and received her and remove her uniform.
“The following morning till evening I asked him the whereabouts of the mother, he said she did not call but he called and she said the queue was much so she’s not coming back that day.
“She spent the next two days, he said she called and said her money has finished she’s in Kaduna.
“From there I stopped asking him because he said doesn’t have money to come back. The day he brought her she started crying and he then introduced Hanifa to his children Safiya and Aisha. Hanifa is fair, beautiful girl, tall around 5-6 years.”
Jamila identified Hanifa’s picture as the child her husband brought home.
“After 5 days, he said he’s going to take her back. It was at night, I then took her uniform back to her. They were all asleep. I told him to allow for the following morning, her Friends are also asleep but he insisted. It was 7-11pm. He took her out around 11pm.
“Before he came back I was asleep. When he came back and didn’t know the time. She identified the badge, Hijab and the uniform Hanifa was wearing when she was brought to her and when she was killed. That’s all I know.”
The counsel to the defendants, M. A Usman before the court discharged Jamila cross examined her.
Jamila while answering questions from Usman disclosed that her husband told her Hanifa’s mother name is Murja.
She further stated, “We don’t mingle with neighbours unless there’s an event (occasion). Never bring anything or anyone home except Hanifa.
“She was brought on Saturday and stayed till Thursday. My eldest child is 4years old attending Northwest Preparatory school.
“We were married for over 6 years. I never knew that Hanifa was missing until DSS came to us.”
The case was adjourned till 9th and 10th March 2022 for further hearing.