Hanifa’s murder: Court gives date for Judgement delivery

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Hanifa Abubakar

Hanifa’s murder: Court gives date for Judgement delivery

The case of Abdulmalik Tanko, a school proprietor charged with the alleged murder of a five-year-old pupil, has been adjudicated by the Kano High Court on July 28.

Tanko, Hashimu Isyaku, 37, and Fatima Musa, 26, were charged with criminal conspiracy, attempted kidnapping, abetment, kidnapping, and concealing a dead body by the Kano State Government on February 14.

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The defendants, on the other hand, have entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

After the Defense and Prosecution Counsel adopted their final written addresses, Justice Usman Na’abba set the date.

Earlier, in adopting her final written addresses dated and filed on May 31, the defense counsel, Mrs Hasiya Muhammad, prayed the court to consider the defendants and discharge them.

“In this case, we urge the court to accept our written addresses as our oral argument,” she said.

In her final written addresses dated and filed June 6, prosecution counsel, Deputy Director Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs Rabi Ahmad, prayed the court to convict and sentence the three defendants as charged.

Ahmad argued that the second defendant (Isyaku) is on trial for concealing a dead body in violation of Section 277 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by death under Section 274 of the Penal Code (b).

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“We urge the court to take note of the content of exhibit 12 (the second defendant’s confessional statement) for burying late Hanifa’s body,” he said.

On May 10, the defendants called three witnesses to close their case.

The three defendants were the defence witnesses.

On April 12, the prosecution counsel presented nine witnesses and 14 exhibits to prove their case against the defendants.

Tanko, the owner of Nobel Kids Comprehensive College in Kano, is accused of kidnapping Hanifa on December 4, 2021, holding her captive in his home in Tudun Murtala for days before killing her and burying her in a shallow grave on December 10, 2021.

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The crime, according to the state, violated sections 97, 95, and 273, as well as sections 274(b) and 277 of the Penal Code, Laws of Kano State, 1991.

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