Aisha Buhari ‘endorses’ capital punishment for Hanifa Abubakar's killer

1/24/2022 9:40:00 AM

Aisha Buhari ‘endorses’ capital punishment for Hanifa Abubakar’s killer

Aisha Buhari ‘endorses’ capital punishment for Hanifa Abubakar’s killer

Hanifa was abducted on December 2, 2021, by Abdulmalik Tanko, the proprietor of the school.

January 24, 20222 min readThe First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has joined several Nigerians calling for capital punishment for the killer of Hanifa Abubakar, the five-year-old Kano girl that was abducted and murdered by her teacher.Mrs Buhari shared ashort clip

of a sermon by an Islamic scholar, Abdallah Gadon Kaya, demanding justice for the late Hanifa.In the video, Mr Gadon Kaya called on the government and human rights groups to pick up the case of Hanifa and ensure that justice is served immediately.He said the life of Hanifa’s alleged killer is not in any way better. “Therefore, he should be killed just the way he murdered the little girl. And this should be done openly for everyone to see. Let it serve as a deterrent to others,” the cleric said in Hausa.

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Mrs Buhari shared a short clip of a sermon by an Islamic scholar, Abdallah Gadon Kaya, demanding justice for the late Hanifa. In the video, Mr Gadon Kaya called on the government and human rights groups to pick up the case of Hanifa and ensure that justice is served immediately. Of grave concern too, according to the northern body, was act of bullying in government and even military schools where pupils are bullied to join “cult” groups or indulge in “homosexual” acts. He said the life of Hanifa’s alleged killer is not in any way better. Nassarawa Local Government Area has seen cases of disappearance of children rise, with one John Onne recently sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping a child. “Therefore, he should be killed just the way he murdered the little girl. This was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Emmanuel Yawe, released in Kaduna. And this should be done openly for everyone to see. He listed some of the measures to include the indefinite closure and withdrawal of the operational license of the school where the girl was murdered.

Let it serve as a deterrent to others,” the cleric said in Hausa. It read, “The Arewa Consultative Forum wishes to express its shock and revulsion over the anti-social and criminal acts going on in Nigerian schools. Mr Ahmad said the number of missing children in his constituency ‘is alarming’ and called for immediate action to curtail it. Along with the video, Mrs Buhari posted a short commentary of her views on her verified Instagram page. The president’s wife wrote in Hausa “Muna Goyon Bayan Hukunchin Malam”, meaning we are in support of your judgment/ we are fully behind your position. “The latest of these cases of horror is the alleged kidnap and murder of five-year-old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar, by her teacher, Abdulmalik Muhammed, at a private school in Kwanar Dakatar in Kano State. Hanifa, a student of Kids Academy, a private school located in Kwanar Dakata in Nassarawa local government area of Kano, was abducted on December 2, 2021, by Abdulmalik Tanko, the proprietor of the school. “Let me assure you that this matter of Hanifa Abubakar would never be swept under the carpet. Mr Tanko has been arrested and the school closed by the state government. “This is a horror story comparable to what happened in December last year when Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, was bullied and then tortured to death by his fellow students because he refused to join them in their cult activities. The governor thanked the international community, human rights-based organisations, and well-meaning Nigerians for their concern in the matter.

ALSO READ: Hanifa Abubakar: Federal lawmaker calls for security summit over rising cases of missing children in Kano After kidnapping her and collecting N100, 000 as part of the N6 million ransom he had demanded, Mr Tanko allegedly killed her with rat poison. He was said to have dismembered Hanifa’s body and buried the remains in the private school’s premises at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters, in Nassarawa local government area of the state.” Saying the horror wasn’t limited to private schools, the forum noted that they were “particularly concerned about what goes on in private schools because they take their students as commodities which should be traded for money. Mr Ahmad said he would suspend most of his activities to ensure that the security summit is quickly convened and achieves the desired results. Last Thursday, Mr Tanko led police officers to the school premises and showed them where he buried the schoolgirl’s body in a shallow grave. Her remains were then exhumed for medical examination and a proper burial by her family. Mr Tanko has not yet been charged as of the time of filing this report. The said teacher later conspired with one Hashim Isyaku to kill the girl on December 18, 2021, having realised that the victim had recognised him.

Speaking in an emotional voice, the girl’s father, Abubakar Abdussalam, told journalists the family was traumatised. Hanifa’s mother was admitted to the hospital after she collapsed and fainted, he said. He demanded justice from the authorities and returned all glory back to God. “I am really in sorrow about this incident. I can only thank God because this can happen to anyone, and it is said that everyone who lives today will die someday.

So, I leave everything to God, but I will never forget this till I die,” he said Nigeria is grappling with a spate of criminal incidents with kidnapping for ransom very common, mostly by armed bandits who sometimes target schools for mass abductions of students. The death penalty, as demanded by Mrs Buhari and the Islamic cleric, is still legal in Nigeria for some crimes such as murder. However, many rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have called for its abolition. .