There was drama at the headquarters of the Kano State Police Command when Fatima Maina, mother of Hanifa Abubakar, the five-year-old pupil that was kidnapped while on her way from Islamiyya School in December and subsequently killed by her proprietor, sighted the man behind the kidnap and death of her daughter.
Recall that Abdulmalik Tanko, the proprietor of Noble Kids Academy, Kawarna Dakata ,Kano, was arrested in connection with the incident.
The victim was abducted in December and her captors had demanded a N6 million ransom.
While trying to collect part of the ransom, security operatives arrested Tanko and some other suspects.
On Friday, both the parents of the deceased child and the suspects were at the Kano police command headquarters.
The parents of the child were the ones who first got there. Later, Tanko and the suspects were brought in by the police.
Immediately, Fatima sighted Tanko, she charged towards him, raining slaps and blows on him as she demanded why he took her daughter’s life.
The drama continued for a while until policemen whisked the prime suspect away.
According to the police, Tanko had demanded a N6 million ransom from the parents of the child and in the process of collecting part of the money, he was arrested.
He had failed to disclose that the victim had been killed.
When he was paraded at the Kano Police Command headquarters on Friday, he told journalists that he poisoned the girl with a rat poison that he bought for N100.
“I picked her inside Keke NAPEP and I carried her to my own house where I lied to my wife that the girl was a daughter to one of the women working in my school and that the mother traveled and is pleading for us to keep the girl for some days. My wife accepted and keep the girl for that reason.
“I realized that the girl’s parents were informed that when picking her, she made mention of ‘uncle’. This gave me the impression that they might be suspecting me as the uncle.
“Then after some time, after some days, some of my teachers visited my house very early in the morning and when they came, I was also suspecting that they were sent over to the house to find out whether the girl was there with me; that was on the 5th day after the kidnap.
“So, I decided that it was better I found a way before I would be caught. I first thought of sending this girl to another state but again, I thought the whole town was aware that she was missing. If the girl was going to be sent out through the main roads, we would be caught. So, that was when I concaved the idea of killing her.”
How innocent Hanifa was killed
“I picked her at home; she was already sleeping, it was getting to 11pm. I picked her up… I used to take tea always… I was drinking tea at that time, so I put the remaining tea in an empty container of BoBo drink and then I poured in this rat killer poison inside and gave it to the girl, not in my own house.
“When we went to the other school, when we were passing, I told her that I was taking her back to her uncle’s house so as we were going, I gave her the drink on the road and she drank it and then we entered one branch of the school, the branches are two. We entered the other branch with her and I told her I was going to pick something inside. She entered and that was where she finally died.
“I bought the poison 100 naira. I buried her in the school. Let me clear this doubt. People are thinking that it has to do with ritual, this is not rituals. I buried her inside the school simply because I was not able to find any secure place to dig a hole.”