Maryam Sanda and late husband, Bilyaminu Bello

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has sentenced to death by hanging, Maryam Sanda, the woman who killed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello in 2017.

Late Bilyaminu was the son of a one time National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello.

Delivering judgment on Monday, January 27, Justice Yusuf Halilu, convicted her based on circumstantial evidence.

According to the Nigeria Police (NPF), the killing was premeditated. It accused Ms Sanda of stabbing her husband with a kitchen knife (broken bottle) at about 3:50am on November 18, 2017 and charged her for culpable homicide.

The Police prosecutors therefore sought the death penalty against the accused in a two count charge.

Initially, the police had also accused Sanda’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu; her brother, Aliyu and her housemaid, Sadiya Aminu, of tampering with evidence by cleaning the blood and other proofs from the crime scene.

However, the charges against the threesome were later dropped.

In his judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu said there was compelling evidence to convict the accused person. He dismissed Ms Sanda’s statement that her husband fell on a broken Shisha pot during a fight on the ill-fated day as a “smokescreen to deceive the court”.

Justice Halilu stated that in the eyes of the law, available evidence has proven that the accused stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife with intent to “kill”.

However, there was commotion in the courtroom as the judge pronounced Ms Sanda guilty. The accused attempted to escape from the court room while her relatives started shouting, causing a huge drama as they attempted to attract the Court’s sympathy and soft landing for Sanda.

But calm was restored after a short break called by the judge before the sentence was eventually delivered. – With Agency reports 

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