Kano:  Alleged killers of  baby  Hanifa  face’s  death sentence


Kano:  Alleged killers of  baby  Hanifa  face’s  death sentence

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

The alleged killers of  five years old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar have been arraigned  before Kano chief magistrate court no 12  sitting at Gidan Muritala, on four count  allegations hinging  on  culpable homicide punishable with death..

According to  first information report “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.

“ Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, ‘m’, aged 34 years old, of Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarwa LGA, Kano State and one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, aged  37 years old, Fatima Musa f aged 26  years old   of same address were arrested.”

Adding that “ Hanifa is his student at a private school in Kwanar Dakata, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State, they  kidnapped her and contacted her relatives and demanded a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00).

“on  the 18/12/2021,  realizing  that, the victim recognized  Tanko , he  poisoned her to death, conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’,  buried her in a shallow grave located at the private school premises located at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State.”

The prosecution told the court that the defendants allegedly committed acts of criminal conspiracy,  kidnapping, concealing /keeping  in confinement   of kidnapped  person and culpable homicide.

The FIR further mentioned  that the defendants   acted contrary to   the provisions of sections 97, 274,277 and 221 of the penal code law.

Stating that “culpable homicide shall  be punished with death. If the act  by which the death  is  done  with the intention of causing death.

The prosecution said “if the doer of the act knew or had reason  to know that death would be the probable and not only a likely consequence of the act   or of any bodily injury, which the act was intended to cause.”

“whosoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable  with death or with imprisonment shall where not express provision is made in this penal code  law for the punishment  of such conspiracy be punished in the same manner as if  he had abetted such offence.”

“whoever kidnaps  or abducts any person  in order that such person  may be killed  or may be so disposed of as to be put in danger of being killed shall be punished  with imprisonment  for a term which may extend  to fourteen years and shall also be liable to fine,.’

The prosecution informed the court that police investigations have been completed, adding that  the case diary  has been forwarded to Kano state ministry of justice for legal advise.

The plea of the defendants were not taken into judicial  notice, pending the outcome of legal advise

The presiding magistrate,  Mohammed jubril  ordered that the defendants be remanded in a custodial facility.

The case is adjourned t February 2, for further mention.


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