Osinbajo visits Hanifa Abubakar’s family in Kano

Hanifa Abubakar

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to the family of the five-year-old girl Hanifa Abubakar who was kidnapped and killed in Kano.

Prof Osinbajo was received by Hanifa’s parents in Kano.

Hanifa was taken captive while returning from Islamiyya school when a tricyclist offered her a ride.

The proprietor of the school she attended, Abdulmalik Tanko, and two others are facing trial over the incident.

During their arraignment on Monday at the Kano State High Court, the suspects said they could not afford lawyers, asking the state to provide them legal representatives.

Last month, first lady Aisha Buhari called for the killer(s) to face capital punishment. According to her, it would deter others from committing such crimes.

The death of Hanifa has thrown her family into grief. Her father told BBC Pidgin in January that Hanifa was a smart child who was loved by neighbours.

He recalled her last moments when he asked her to say a prayer before she left for school.