The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has said persons involved in the kidnapping and gruesome murder of Hanifa Abubakar must receive severe punishment to serve as a deterrent to others.
Speaking on Wednesday when she paid a condolence visit to Kano, Aisha Buhari said only acute punishment on the perpetrators will discourage future reoccurrence of such acts.
She expressed concern if teachers can stitch up the trust conferred on them as the parents of all children under their custody can end up keeping them as prey, stressing that the perpetrators must not go unpunished.
“I want to condole the Governor, his wife, and the entire people of Kano on the sad loss of Hanifa Abubakar. We hope the right punishment will be applied to the perpetrators of this sad killing.
“It is a very serious situation. We send our children to school and entrust their lives and welfare with the teachers. If these unfortunate incidents can come out from the teachers, then our society is unsafe.
“Therefore, severe punitive measures must be taken on the perpetrators to avoid any future occurrences.”
The First Lady also commiserate with the state and the family of the late Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Bamba who died on January 7, 2022, in Kano, describing his death as a great loss to the state.
“I am also in Kano to condole the Kano state Governor, the Emir, and the family of Sheikh Ahmad Bamba. May his soul rest in perfect peace. It is indeed a great loss to the state” she added.
WikkiTimes recalled that Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil of Kids Academy in Kano, was declared missing and later found dead in January 2022.
The Proprietor of the school Abdulmalik Tanko had confessed to the kidnapping and the subsequent killing of the pupil after keeping her in captivity for weeks.
He demanded a ransom of N6 million from Hanifa’s family, however received N100,000 before he poisoned her to death.
The three suspects Abdulmalik Tanko and two others were arraigned before the Kano State High Court on Monday, January 6 but the case was adjourned to February 14, 2022, for lack of legal representation for the suspects.