UPDATE: Hanifa Abubakar's Killers Arraigned In Court, Case Adjourned Till February 9

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril of a Magistrate court 12, sitting at Gidan Murtala in Kano state has ordered the case of Abdulmalik Tanko and his accomplices to be transferred to the State High Court number 6 before Justice Usman Na’abba on February 9, 2022.


Tanko and his accomplices were arraigned before the court over the killing of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar, a pupil in Tanko's school.


Counsel to the state government led by Aisha Mahmoud applied to the court to adjourn the case to a higher court as the magistrate has no jurisdiction over the case.


Mahmoud said;

“The offences alleged to have been committed by the defendants are not triable by this court, so we are applying for a count charges before the High Court.”


The court has therefore ordered the suspects to be remanded in prison custody before re-arraignment in the next court.


Tanko, along with Hashimu Isiyaku and Fatima Musa, are standing trial on charges bordering on culpable homicide, kidnapping, concealing, and confinement of a kidnapped person.


The suspects were accused of the kidnap and subsequent murder of Hanifa with rat poison powder and, thereafter, burying her in a shallow grave after collecting the sum of ?100,000 being part payment of the ?6 million ransom they had demanded from the parents of the victim.

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