Abdulmalik Tanko, proprietor of Noble Kids Nursery and Primary School, has confessed to the killing of 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar.
Hanifa, until her death in November 2021 was a pupil of the school owned by Tanko.
Meanwhile, Tanko who was paraded before journalists at the Kano Police Command headquarters on Friday, January 21, said he used N100 rat poison to kill the little girl.
“I picked her inside Keke NAPEP (tricycle) and I carried her to my own house where I lied to my wife that the girl was a daughter to one of the women working in my school and that the mother traveled and is pleading for us to keep the girl for some days. My wife accepted and kept the girl for that reason,” Tanko narrated.
“I realized that the girl’s parents were informed that when picking her up, she made mention of ‘uncle’. This gave me the impression that they might be suspecting me as the uncle.
“Then, after some time, after some days, some of my teachers visited my house very early in the morning and when they came, I was also suspecting that they were sent over to the house to find out whether the girl was there with me; that was on the 5th day after the kidnap.
“So, I decided that it was better I found a way before I would be caught. I first thought of sending this girl to another state but again, I thought the whole town was aware that she was missing. If the girl was going to be sent out through the main roads, we would be caught. So, that was when I conceived the idea of killing her.
“I picked her at home; she was already sleeping, it was getting to 11pm. I picked her up… I used to take tea always… I was drinking tea at that time, so I put the remaining tea in an empty container of 8080 yoghurt and then I poured in this rat killer poison inside and gave it to the girl, not in my own house.
“When we went to the other school,when we were passing, I told her that I was taking her back to her uncle’s house so as we were going, I gave her the drink on the road and she drank it and then we entered one branch of the school, the branches are two. We entered the other branch with her and I told her I was going to pick something inside. She entered and that was where she finally died,” he added.
Neptune Prime reported earlier that the Kano State Government has ordered immediate closure of the school.