July 18, 2024

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Hanifa’s Murder Case: Court To Deliver Judgement July 28

Justice Usman Na’abba of a Kano state High court has fixed July 28 for judgment in the murder case of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar.

The presiding judge fixed the date for judgment today June 14 after the adoption of final written addresses by parties.

Late Hanifa was abducted on December 4, 2021, on her way home from Islamiyya School and subsequently discovered to have been killed. After much investigation, Tanko was arrested and he confessed to kidnapping and killing the victim with N100 rat poison before burying her in a shallow grave in one of his schools but he recanted later, admitting only to kidnapping her.

The trio of Abdulmalik alongside his accomplice, Hashim Isyaku and Fatima Jibril Musa, were arraigned before the Kano State High court on five count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, confinement, and culpable homicide contrary to sections 97, 274, 277, 221 of the penal code.

At the resumed hearing of the case today, the prosecution led by Lamido Abba Soron Dinki, urged the court to consider the totality of the evidence tendered before it to find the defendants guilty of the charges leveled against them and sentence them to death.

“We urge the court to pass death sentence on all the defendants because the punishment of those sections under which they are all charged carried the same punishment of death penalty” he prayed.

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