By Our Reporter with Agency report
First Lady Aisha Buhari has thrown her weight behind the call for the execution of Abdulmalik Tanko, proprietor of Noble Kids Academy in Kawaji, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano state.
Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil who was abducted and killed by her proprietor, was a student of the school.
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Tanko, who has been arrested allegedly kidnapped Hanifa in the northern state of Kano in December to demand a ransom of $14,600 (£10,800).
Police say he later killed Hanifa after realising she had recognised him.
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The Kano government had shut down the school indefinitely and directed parents to enroll their children in other schools.
The discovery of the decomposing body late Hanifa Abubakar triggered shock and outrage across Nigeria, where the hashtag #JusticeForHanifa is trending.
In a video, which has now gone viral, Malam Abdallah Gadon Kaya, a Kano-based cleric, asked that Tanko be killed the same way he killed Hanifa.
He said the proprietor should be executed publicly, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje can get this done.
“His (Tanko’s) life is not more than this girl’s life, the way he took her life, his life should be taken also and let it be done publicly so that another person wouldn’t repeat such.”
The First Lady had reposted the video on her Instagram page, expressing support for the cleric’s call.
She wrote “We are behind Mallam’s stance.”