Husband killer Maryam Sanda to die by hanging, court says

An Abuja Court on Monday sentenced husband killer, Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for murdering her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

The FCT High Court found Sanda guilty of killing her husband and convicted her of the charges.

She is to be remanded in Suleja Correctional Centre until she exhausts her appeal rights, a Daily Trust report said after the court resumed consideration of the case for sentencing.

Upon conviction, Sanda fled the dock but court and correctional centre officials dragged her back into the dock.

Earlier, the judge was then forced to step down the matter for five minutes following the drama that ensued after the conviction was passed as several women started wailing in the court room.

One of them who made an attempt to approach Maryam was ordered to be taken away by the judge, Yusuf Halliru.

As at the time of filing this report, Maryam was still wailing and shouting “Inna liLlahi wa inna iLaihi raji’un”, while efforts were being made by her family and lawyers to console her.

Daily Trust reporter heard her 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.

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