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Don’t use Hanifa’s murder to extort money from private school owners, PDP warns Ganduje

Don’t use Hanifa’s murder to extort money from private school owners, PDP warns Ganduje

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been cautioned not to seize on the grieves of the parents of Hanifa Abubakar to extort money from private school owners in the state.

The governor was warned by Kano state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a press statement on Tuesday.

The state government on Monday announced the withdrawal of operating licenses from all private schools in the state, asking them to come forward for revalidation.

PDP seems to view this as a plot by the government to make money from the private schools, hiding under the guise of the recent incidents.

The press release partly read: ‘’As members of the opposition in Kano, we wish to join other well-meaning Nigerians to also commend the prompt prosecution/ arraignment of the suspects before a senior magistrate court in the state to pursue justice on late Halifa without any delay, the statement said.

‘’On reforming the private education, the PDP therefore advised Kano State government under the leadership of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to follow the necessary due process in accordance with law establishing Kano state Private School Board which regulates the activities of all non-public schools in the state.’’

“We learnt that Governor Ganduje has withdrawn the operating licence of all private schools in the state, with all sense of humility and patriotism, we will like to caution the state government not to use this opportunity to extort money from the proprietors of private schools in the state.

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Kano State governor, Abullahi Umar Ganduje

‘’Despite the importance of reforming the private education sub-sector which has been long overdue, the Kano state government should not see it as a window of opportunity for extortion of money from the hands of the schools proprietors.’’

‘’The party is hereby extending its heartfelt condolence to the family of late Hanifa and the good people of Kano on the unfortunate incidence that have put people in deep sorrow and sympathy.’’

Hanifa Abubakar, a 5-year-old girl was abducted on December 4th, 2021 by her teacher, Abdulmalik Tanko who subsequently killed her after demanding for N6m ransom from her parents.

The young girl was buried in a shallow grave at the private school owned by her abductor, Noble Kids Academy at Kwanar Dakata, Nasarawa local government area of Kano State.


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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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