Hanifa Death: Kano court fixes April 12, 14 for continuation of hearing

On Wednesday, a high court in Kano set April 12 and 14 for the continuation of hearings in the ongoing trial of Abdulmalik Tanko, a school proprietor, for the alleged murder of a five-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar.

The prosecution counsel, Deputy Director Public Prosecution Kano State, Barr. Rabi Shehu-Ahmad, presented the late Hanifa's mother as the seven prosecution witnesses and tendered 17 text messages as exhibit at the resumed sitting for continuation of hearing.

Murja Suleiman, 38, testified in court that she is Hanifa's real mother and that she gave Hanifa to her employer, Abdulmalik, at the Noble Kids Comprehensive College.

She claimed that she transported the late Hanifa to Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi Islamiyya School on December 4, 2021, around 8 a.m., and that the school generally shuts at 5:30 p.m.

She said, "After closure from Islamiyya school, the neighbor's daughter, Maimuna Abubakar, ran to the house and informed her that a tricyclist had gone with Hanifa, and Hanifa told her that it was her uncle who had kidnapped her."

The witness informed the court that on January 2, 2022, she received a call claiming that the victim was with them and demanding a ransom of N6 million.

"I spotted a black leather in front of my house after 28 days of Hanifa's kidnapping holding her cardigan, school badge, and printed black and white image of my daughter," Suleiman told the court.

Barr. M. L. Usman, the defense counsel, informed the court that he was not prepared for cross-examination and requested an adjournment to allow him to prepare for the defense.

As a result, Justice Naabba, the presiding judge, delayed the hearing to April 12 and 14, 2022, for cross-examination and continuation of the case.


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