President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Police and Ministry of Justice to uphold the integrity of the detectives who busted the case of Hanifa Abubakar, the five-year-old pupil murdered in Kano.
The President threw the challenge while expressing the nation’s condolences to the family of the schoolgirl, Hanifa Abubakar, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in Kano after near two months of fruitless search.
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, praised the work of the police and the secret service in unravelling the mystery behind the disappearance of Hanifa, and particularly for the arrest of her teacher and his other accomplices suspected of the child’s kidnap and murder.
The President said the family and the whole nation which followed up on Hanifa’s travail every day since her disappearance in December last year were hoping for the girl to have been rescued alive and well.
He, however, said that the very thorough and painstaking detective operation by the law enforcement bodies, leading to the discovery of the corpse and the arrest of the suspects who had already made confessions was commendable.
He said it was an achievement that should instil more public confidence in the authorities.
“When breakthroughs like this happen, people will talk differently of law enforcement,” said the President.
Buhari prayed for the repose of the soul of the little school girl and urged her parents to bear the sad loss with courage and fortitude in God.
The pupil was abducted at the Kawaji community in the Yankaba area of Kano metropolis in December on her way home from an Islamiyya school.
She was said to have been whisked away in a commercial tricycle, locally called Adaidata Sahu or Keke NAPEP.
Daily Trust reports that Hanifa’s abduction had sent a wave of shock across Kano as many residents took safety measures seriously.
Hanifa’s abductor was arrested, on Wednesday, while he was trying to receive part of the ransom.