Court Convicts Maryam Sanda for killing her husband

In November 2017, the police charged Sanda for culpable homicide and sought a death penalty against the accused on two counts.

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has convicted Maryam Sanda for the death of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Justice Yusuf Halilu made the declaration while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Missus Sanda on Monday in the nation’s capital.

Sanda is facing trial over an allegation of stabbing late Bilyaminu to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

In November 2017, the police charged Sanda for culpable homicide and sought a death penalty against the accused on two counts.

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They informed the court that the killing was premeditated.

According to the charge sheet, Sanda was said to have stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50am.

But the accused who was initially remanded in custody has repeatedly pleaded not guilty to the crime.

Her trial centred on a judicial drama that lasted almost three years due to delays, multiple adjournments, and failure of witnesses to appear in court among others.

Maryam Sanda flees dock as Court convicts her of Murder

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The judge has however stood down the matter for five minutes following the drama that ensued after the conviction was passed. She fled the dock immediately the judge convicted her.

However, court officials and prisons officials dragged her back into the dock The judge was forced to rise after several women starting wailing in the court room One of them who made attempt to approach Maryam was ordered to be taken away by the judge.

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Three Key issues in Maryam Sanda’s murder case The Judge rose for 5 minutes to return for sentencing.

As at the time of filing this report, Maryam is still wailing and shouting “Inna lilahi Inna roji hun”, while efforts are being made by her family and lawyer to console her. Our reporter heard her saying, “I was fasting and praying … Ya Allah, why?” as the judge resumes to sentence her.

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