The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday 4th November, upheld the conviction and death sentence on Maryam Sanda.
The appellate court, in a unanimous judgment by a three-man panel of Justices led by Justice Stephen Adah, said it found no reason to set aside the verdict of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. It held that the 20 grounds of appeal Maryam filed to challenge her conviction and sentence lacked merit and thereby dismissed
In January, an FCT High Court in Maitama sentenced Maryam to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello. The court found her guilty for killing her husband and thus convicted her of the charges.
On 19th November 2017, Maryam stabbed her husband to death following an allegation of infidelity against him after seeing a text message on his phone.
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The Police charged her for culpable homicide and sought a death penalty against her on two counts. They informed the court that the killing was premeditated. According to the charge sheet, Sanda stabbed her husband with broken bottles on that fateful day.
Maryam stood alongside her mother, Maimuna Aliyu, brother Aliyu Sanda and housemaid Sadiya Aminu. Her mother is a former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans. They were charged with assisting her to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.
Bilyaminu Bello, Maryam’s late husband, is a nephew of former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bello Haliru Muhammad.
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