Maryam Sanda To Be Killed By Hanging!
A FCT High Court in Maitama has sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for murdering her husband, Bilyaminu Bello. Sanda had on November 19, 2017 stabbed her husband to death following an allegation of infidelity against him after seeing a text message on his phone. The court found Maryam guilty of killing her husband and thus convicted her of the charges. She is to be remanded in Suleja Correctional Centre until she exhausts her appeal rights.
Maryam Sanda, who heard the judgement to her case, fled the dock immediately; however, court officials and prisons officials dragged her back into the dock. The judge was forced to rise after several women started wailing in the court room. One of them who made attempt to approach Maryam was ordered to be taken away by the judge. Following the drama that ensued after the conviction was passed, the judge stood down the matter for five minutes.
Maryam was wailing and shouting “Inna liLlahi wa inna iLaihi raji’un” in the court; efforts were made by her family and lawyer to console her. She was heard saying, “I was fasting and praying … Ya Allah, why?” as court officials announced that the judge was about to return for sentencing.
Maryam was tried before the court for allegedly killing Bello, her husband, who was a nephew of former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad. Maryam was docked alongside her mother, Maimuna Aliyu, a former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans; her brother, Aliyu Sanda and her housemaid, Sadiya Aminu, who were charged with assisting her to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.
They pleaded not guilty. They all filed no-case submissions after the police had called six witnesses to corroborate the charge. The trial judge discharged others while he held that Maryam has a case to answer.