Operating licences of all the private schools in Kano State have been suspended by the State government on Monday.
This was revealed by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Sanusi Kiru, in a press conference, noting that the government will set up a special committee for guidance on the next line of action.
The Kano State Government had on Friday ordered the closure of the school where the remains of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year old pupil kidnapped and gruesomely murdered by her teacher, were found buried.
The state Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Kiru, announced this in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Àliyu Yusuf.
He also announced the withdrawal of the licences of the two schools named in the tragedy, pending the outcome of police investigation.
He asserted that the state government has also constituted a ministerial committee to assist in ensuring justice on the matter.
It would be recalled Abdulmalik Tanko, a teacher, allegedly kidnapped and killed his five-year old pupil, Hanifa, according to reports which emerged last week.
Little Hanifa was Mr Tanko’s pupil at a private school located in Kwanar Dakata in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.
According to the police, the principal suspect confessed to have poisoned the girl when he realised that she had recognised him.
“Messrs Tanko and (Hashim) Isyaku then buried her remains in a shallow grave at the private school premises at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.
“Hashim also confessed that, sometimes in the month of November, 2021, the principal suspect, Abdulmalik met him and one Fatima Jibreel Musa, ‘f’, 27 years old, of Layin Falaki Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested,” the police said.