March 26, 2023

Justice Usman Na’aba at Kano High Court on Wednesday over ruled allegations of threat to life, confession under-duress and torture raised by the prime suspect Abdulmaliq Tanko, in the ongoing murder trial of a five year old pupil of Noble Kiddies Academy, Hanifa Abubakar.

Justice Na’aba declared that there was no substantive evidence brought before the court to prove the suspects were not responsible for their earlier statements during the resumed criminal trial on Wednesday.

In his ruling on the trial justice Na’aba declared that Abdulmaliq failed to dearly prove the identity of the device, which he claimed was used to penetrate his body parts thereby dismissing the suspects argument.

Both Abdulmaliq (first defendant) and Fatima Musa (third defendant) at the last sitting, denied signing the confessional statement brought against them by the police. The prime suspect disclose that he was not only electrocuted with the unknown device but allegedly threatened with dangerous weapons by the security operatives while making a statement which he claimed he refused to sign.

Similarly, the third defendant told the court that she was also threatened and offered N250,000 inducement if she accepts to cooperate with the security operatives while documenting her confession.

The revelation unfolded when the defence counsel, Barr Muktar L Usman objected to the submission of the first security witness, Sergeant Rilwan Ibrahim, over what he described as inconsistency in the evidence of the first and third suspect statement.

Usman who doubles as deputy council Kano office, insists that the security operatives failed to comply with the provisions of the criminal Administration of justice Act.

Marvelous Ogidi

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