President Buhari mourns the death of Hanifa, a five-year-old girl, and requests the Justice Ministry to maintain the case’s integrity.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his sympathies to the family of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old schoolgirl whose death was discovered in a shallow grave in Kano after a nearly two-month-long search.


In a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, the President applauded the work of the police and the secret service in solving the mystery of Hanifa’s abduction, particularly the arrest of her teacher and other suspects suspected of kidnapping and murdering the youngster.


President Buhari said the family and the entire nation had been following Hanifa’s plight every day since her disappearance in December last year, hoping for her to be found alive and well. He added, however, that the law enforcement bodies’ thorough and painstaking detective operation, which led to the discovery of the corpse and the arrest of the suspects who have already made confessions, was commendable, calling it an achievement that should be celebrated.



“When breakthroughs like this happen, people will talk differently of law enforcement,” said the President.

President Buhari prayed for the little girl’s soul to rest in peace and urged her parents to face the tragedy with strength and faith in God.


The President urged the Police Department and the Ministry of Justice to maintain the integrity of the detective work that led to the case being broken by properly preparing and presenting a case that will gain the court’s respect.

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