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Court sentences Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for husband’s murder

An FCT High Court on Monday sentenced Maryam Sanda, the woman who stabbed her husband to death, Bilyaminu; son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello, to death by hanging.

According to Justice Yusuf Halilu, who delivered the judgment; held that Sanda failed to explain the death of her husband being the last person with him.

Halilu, therefore held that Sanda stabbed him with a knife.

The police claimed that the suspect premeditated the killing.

The police accused Sanda of stabbing her husband with a broken bottle at about 3:50 a.m. on Nov.  18, 2017.

The police also accused Maimuna Aliyu, Sanda’s mother; Aliyu, her brother, and Sadiya Aminu, her housemaid; of tampering with evidence when they allegedly cleaned the blood and other proofs from the crime scene, but the police later dropped the charges.

1st News recalled that an FCT High Court in Maitama on Thursday, April 4, 2019, dismissed a no-case submission made by Maryam Sanda, accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello and ordered her to enter her defence.

The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu held that from the preponderance of evidence of all the prosecution witnesses, a thick cloud has been formed by the prosecution making it important to call the other side to make their case.

“The submission of no-case to answer by Maryam Sanda, the first defendant, is overruled. I call on the first defendant to enter her defence,” the judge held.

Halilu held that by the evidence adduced before him, the offence is punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code.

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