Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, the killer of 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar was sacked from a Kano private school where he served as teacher and headmaster, Daily Trust reported.
Tanko, the proprietor of Noble Kids Academy Nursery and Primary School, Kwanar Dakata in Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State, was arrested and arraigned for abducting and killing Hanifa, a pupil of his school.
A resident of Nasarrawa LGA told Daily Trust that Tanko was sacked from a private school, Ete Inoh International School, in Tudun Wada, where he taught and served as headmaster over alleged misappropriation of funds.
Tudun Wada, which is just a walk away from Tudun Murtala, is bordered to the West by Tudun Murtala.
Usman Nuhu (not real name) told Daily Trust that Tanko relocated to Tudun Murtala after he was sacked from the school.
He added the case was settled in one of the police stations in the area.
“After he was sacked from the first school he served as a headmaster on alleged misappropriation of funds, he then settled in Tudun Murtala where he established a school, North West,” Nuhu said.
“As the business boomed he now rented a house in Kwanar Dakata in Yankaba and established another school called Nobel Kids Academy Nursery and Primary School from where the kid was abducted.”
He added that Tanko left North West under the care of his wife and concentrated on his new school then, Nobel Kids Academy Nursery and Primary School, Kwanar Dakata.
The resident said the embattled school proprietor had difficulty in social interaction and communication.
“Tanko hardly associated with people and neighbours as his house was always locked. He was always quiet and seemed brooding.”
A magistrate’s court has remanded the suspect and his accomplices in custody till February.