The Kano State government have shut down Noble Kids Academy in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state over the murder of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil.
This was deemed necessary following the reactions of angry youth who had mobilized themselves and launched an attack on the building in the early hours of yesterday. The angry youths were said to have set the Noble Kids Academy ablaze in Kwanar Dakata, Kano State.
While announcing the closure of the school, Muhammad Kiru, Kano Commissioner for Education, said the government of the day,led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje have decided to take strong official action to control and stop mushroom schools. “The state government would commence an investigation of unregistered private schools and teachers to check such criminal activities. The school has also been closed till further notice,” he said.
Sequel to the incident leading to the death of Hanifa Abubakar, the Kano State government have officially canceled the operational licence of all private schools in the state. This was disclosed to newsmen of the state yesterday by the Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi-Kiru. He said, “The decision was as a result of the ugly and disturbing incident recorded in the state of recent and all perpetrated by the private school proprietors. We have issue of raping and kidnapping all coming from private schools in Kano.
“We received complaints of a private school proprietor who rape his students and he confessed to the crime. Recently, we recorded another disturbing case of this proprietor, Abdulmalik Tanko, who kidnapped, killed and buried his student, late Hanifa Abubakar” he said.
“We have established Zonal offices for private and voluntary schools across Kano State and we have received so many disturbing reports, the emergence of so many mushroom private schools without registration. All these put together informed government decision because we can not sit and fold our arms while all these continue. We can not condone these happening in Kano State. We will review and revalidate their operational licence. We will shut down schools that fail to scale through the exercise”. he also said
“The ministry of education will set criteria for their revalidation. A panel has been set up comprising of the Ministry of Justice, Department of State Service, (DSS), Civil Defense and other security agencies to look into the revalidation of all private schools in Kano State,” Sanusi-Kiru stated.
In related development, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, has said Abdulmalik Tanko is not a member of the association. The National President of NAPPS, Chief Yomi Otubela have also expressed sadness over the murder of the girl stating that the National Executive Council of NAPPS would want justice to be done in the matter. “To us, the news of incessant abductions and killings of school children has become worrisome. We, therefore, urge both the state and federal governments to put machinery in place to ensure the safety of school children in the country” he said
“In the same manner, we implore the security operatives to carry out a proper investigation of this killing to arrest other perpetrators connected to this dastardly act who may be at large. We enjoin school owners to keep tabs on their employees, activities within their schools and run appropriate background checks on new member of staff” he also said
“We pray that the Almighty God will give the parents and other family members of this young girl the fortitude to bear this painful loss and comfort them at this critical period while urging speedy dispensation of justice regarding the killers of this young girl. We demand justice for Hanifa,” he added.