The proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko has been sentenced to death for the kidnapping and subsequent killing of a 5-year-old school girl, Hanifa Abubakar.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Tanko, the principal suspect who masterminded the kidnapping and killing of Hanifa, was sentenced to death by hanging by the Kano State High Court.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Usman Na’abba gave the order while delivering his judgment on Thursday. Justice Na’abba also convicted Tanko to five years imprisonment for four count charges levelled against him.
The Presiding Judge also sentenced the second defendant, Hashim Ishyaku to death by hanging and four years imprisonment, two years each, for conspiracy and concealment.
TNG reports that Tanko kidnapped Hanifa on December 4, 2021, and held her hostage in his house at Tudun Murtala for days before killing and burying her in a shallow grave on December 10, 2021.
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje had earlier this year vowed to sign the death sentence without further delay if given by the court.