Abdulmalik Tanko, a school teacher, who was said to be operating a private school in Kano has been arrested for killing a 5-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar in Kano.
The killer, Abdulmalik Tanko who according to report lured, abducted Hanifa on her way from an Islamic school on December 4, 2021.
Confirming the killing to DailyNigeria, Hanifa’s uncle, Suraj Suleiman, said the killer, Abdulmalik Tanko who is the proprietor of a private school in Kano, Noble Kids School.
“Abdulmalik Tanko lured her to enter a joyride in a commercial tricycle on December 4, 2021 while coming from an Islamic school and whisked her away to Tudunwada where he operates a private school and then laced her tea with rat poison.
“Despite collecting part of the N6million demanded, she was poisoned to death. The kidnappers then cut her body into pieces and buried it within the school.” Suraj Suleiman said.
The police on Thursday confirmed that the remains of the five-year-old girl were discovered in a shallow grave on private school premises in Nassarawa Local Government Area, Kano State.
Kano was the first state in the country’s north to roll out capital punishment for kidnapping. “The law provides for the death sentence for kidnappers who abduct and kill their victims, while kidnappers who abduct but did not kill their victims, if apprehended and found culpable, would be jailed for life.
Research available to kiddiesafricanews says almost two-thirds of the killers in cases of abduction and killing have prior arrests for violent crimes.
Findings in the 2014 National Survey carried out by the National Population Commission with the support of UNICEF, and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention shows that there is a high prevalence of violence against children in Nigeria before the age of 18.
The Child Rights Acts 2003 emphasizes on the best Interest of a Child to be of Paramount Consideration in all Actions.
Article 6 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees to all of the world’s children the right to life, survival and development.