Kano to ensure death sentence on convicted teacher who murdered 5-year-old pupil

The Kano State government has restated it’s resolution to sign death warrant of teacher, Abdulmalik Tanko, who was sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of his five-year-old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar.

This comes as the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Lawan on Thursday, expressed concerns that the criminals may not face their sentence.

Nexus News recall that the Kano State High Court convicted Mr Tanko, and his accomplice, Hashimu Isyaku, to death on 28 July 2022, for killing Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil, which occurred December, 2021.

Speaking to reporters, Lawan said although the Nigerian Correctional Service is responsible for the assignment of the certificate, such provision would only be provided after the expiration of 90 days for the appeal.

He added that the two convicts have the right to appeal the judgement of the lower court, despite the conviction

“The court has passed judgement sentence two of the accused to death by hanging and the Governor has promised to sign the death warrant, so we are waiting for the 90 days window period for appeal before we do the needful.

“The constitution allows and gives the convicts rights of appeal (in) about three months window period. Remember when this trial started we promised Nigeria the commitment to prosecute the case to the logical conclusion and as speedy as possible and by the will of God that happened,”

“The trial judge concluded the case within six months. This is commendable. So if there is an appeal, we would remind the public that government is ready for the appeal at any given time.

“Not only that, we will make sure the trial and judgement are given equal commitment and speedy completion. I can assure the public that we are matching the trial with all sense of responsibility and seriousness,”

“For the people raising questions on whether the judgement would be executed or not, all I can say is the law.

We would wait for after the 90 days grace of appeal. If they appeal then fine, we would equally swing to action if they did not, as soon as the waiting period expires the governor will do the needful,” he explained.

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