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Young Hanifa didn’t deserve such gruesome end

It was just a day before yesterday the people of Tudun Murtala neighbourhood in the ancient city of Kano and indeed human world woke up with very devastated and utterly horrifying news on the merciless kidnapping turned murder of five-year-old innocent and beautiful Hanifa Abubakar by a villain and vicious thug man (because I won’t call him a teacher).

I watched the interview that the press had with him in the premise of his school at Dakata in Kano, where this psychotic zealot confessed and narrated the whole tragic event. I was so devastated in ditch suspense and sympathy, but I grabbed some points in his narration.

He started by introducing himself and as a thug (I told you I can’t call him teacher), he liaised with other two accomplices and successfully kidnapped the young Hanifa to his house where he lives with his wife and children sometimes in December. 

After the news of her abduction broke the air, some prominent teachers within the school management, out of suspicion, paid an unscheduled visit to his house. After he realised that they are suspecting him, and the fact that the girl once called him ‘uncle’ (emphasizing that she apparently recognised him), he decided to poison her tea (with rat poison). After she died, then the corpse became a liability to him.

In his effort to escape and eliminate the evidence, he mercilessly cut her and buried her in an unknown place, and buried her there (Innalillahi wa’inna ilaihir rajiun).

God destroyed his act when security personnel arrested him after he demanded a ransom of about N6 million, and arranged the venue.

Though I am happy with the level of national outrage, I am calling on the Kano State Government to make the offender face the full wrath of the law. I am calling on human rights, civil society organisations, and other relevant authorities to pay a clinical eye to this case until they ensure what should be done is done.

Sorry, Hanifa, we all failed you. May you rest in a tranquil abode.

Comrade Usman Yanmaza writes from Bauchi

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