Murder: Court Dismisses Maryam Sanda’s Appeal, Upholds Death Sentence

Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

An Appeal Court in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by Maryam Sanda for lacking in merit.

The court upheld the judgement by the FCT High Court which had sentenced her to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello,

Her Counsel, Joe Gadzama SAN, however, said they are heading to the supreme court, while Counsel to Police, James Idachaba, praised the judgement, adding that they are also ready to meet them at the apex court.

In his two-hour Judgement, Presiding Judge, Justice Steven Adah, held that the court is duty-bound to do justice according to law and not sentiments.

The judge held that the law does not leave room for irregularities, adding that parties must conduct criminal trials according to the law.

Under Section 221 of the penal code, the court held that the trial judge was right in his verdict, stressing that the offence is punishable by death.

The court further held that it was not in doubt that Sanda killed her husband, and has no reason to set aside the verdict of the lower court.

The Appeal court also noted that there was evidence that Maryam murdered her husband during a fight after she saw a nude picture on his phone, and she had threatened him, adding that it could be ruled as premeditated murder.

Maryam Sanda was on January 27 found guilty of stabbing her husband to death at their Abuja residence

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court gave the sentence in Abuja while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Missus Sanda.

He sentenced Sanda after she was convicted for stabbing late Bilyaminu to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

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Upon her conviction by the judge, Sanda broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably.

Not satisfied with the ruling, she had approached the appellate court in Abuja to challenge the decision of the FCT High Court.

In the Notice of Appeal predicated on twenty grounds, Sanda prayed the appellate court to set aside the verdict of the lower court and acquit her.

She claimed that the trial judge, Justice Halilu was tainted by bias and prejudices.

According to the appellant, this led to the denial of her right to a fair hearing and her consequent conviction based on circumstantial evidence.

Sanda alleged that the judge gave the verdict despite the reasonable doubt that was created by evidence of witnesses, lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses, and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.

She insisted that the judgment of the trial court was complete “a miscarriage of justice.”

The appellant also pointed to the failure of the trial judge to rule, one way or the other, on her preliminary objection, challenging the charge preferred against her and the jurisdiction of the court as evidence of bias and a denial of her right to fair hearing as constitutionally guaranteed.

She, therefore, asked the Court of Appeal to allow her prayers and set aside her conviction and sentence and subsequently acquit her.

 

Maryam Sanda Heads To Supreme Court After Appeal Court Upholds Death Sentence

(FILE) Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Maryam Sanda, the woman sentenced to death for killing her husband, plans to file an appeal at the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn the judgements of the lower courts.

Her counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joe Gadzama, disclosed this to reporters on Friday in Abuja.

This followed the judgement of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which upheld the verdict of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sentencing Sanda to death by hanging for killing Bilyaminu Bello.

Late Bilyaminu, who was stabbed to death, was the son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

While Sanda argued that she was denied a fair hearing by the trial court and insisted that she was innocent, the appellate court held that the appeal lacked merit.

In a two-hour judgement read by Justice Steven Adah, the court held that it was duty-bound to do justice according to law and not sentiments, stressing that the law does not leave room for irregularities and parties must conduct criminal trials according to the law.

READ ALSO: Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Husband

It said the trial court was right in its verdict under Section 221 of the Penal Code, noting that the crime committed was punishable by death.

The appellate court held that it was not in doubt that Sanda killed her husband and it has no reason to set aside the judgment of the lower court.

It added that there was evidence that she murdered her husband during a fight after she saw a nude picture on his phone, and she had threatened him.

Displeased with the judgment of the appellate court, Sanda’s counsel said they would approach the Supreme Court to overturn the verdict.

On the other hand, the police through their counsel, James Idachaba, commended the appeal court judgement, saying they were ready to meet the other party at the apex court.

Sanda’s protracted trial centred on a judicial drama that lasted almost three years as a result of delays, multiple adjournments, and failure of witnesses to appear in court, among others.

She was arraigned in court by the police in November 2017 on two counts of culpable homicide.

The police informed the court that killing Bilyaminu was premeditated and sought a death penalty against Sanda.

In his judgement on January 27, 2020, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court convicted and sentenced Sanda to death by hanging.

Maryam Sanda Appeals Judgement Which Sentenced Her To Death

(FILE) Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Maryam Sanda has approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge the judgement which sentenced her to death.

She filed the appeal three weeks after she was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court over the death of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

In the Notice of Appeal predicated on twenty grounds, Sanda prayed the appellate court to set aside the verdict of the lower court and acquit her.

She claimed that the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, was tainted by bias and prejudices.

READ ALSO: Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Husband

According to the appellant, this led to the denial of her right to a fair hearing and her consequent conviction based on circumstantial evidence.

Sanda alleged that the judge gave the verdict despite the reasonable doubt that was created by evidence of witnesses, lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses, and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.

She insisted that the judgment of the trial court was completely “a miscarriage of justice.”

The appellant also pointed to the failure of the trial judge to rule, one way or the other, on her preliminary objection, challenging the charge preferred against her and the jurisdiction of the court as evidence of bias and a denial of her right to fair hearing as constitutionally guaranteed.

She, therefore, asked the Court of Appeal to allow her prayers and set aside her conviction and sentence and subsequently acquit her.

(FILE) Maryam Sanda being whisked away from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja after she was sentenced to death on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Justice Halilu sentenced Sanda to death by hanging on January 27 for stabbing Bilyaminu to death, bringing an end to the protracted trial of the appellant.

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

Sanda’s trial centred on a judicial drama that lasted almost three years as a result of various setbacks such as multiple adjournments and failure of witnesses to appear in court, among others.

The police finally charged Sanda for culpable homicide in November 2017 and sought a death penalty against her on two counts.

They informed the court that the killing was premeditated, stressing that Sanda stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50am on the day the incident occurred.

Sanda has, however, repeatedly pleaded not guilty to the crime.

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing Husband To Death In Katsina

The suspect, Rabi Shamsuddeen

 

A woman identified as Rabi Shamsuddeen has been arrested by the police in Katsina for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.

The 19-year-old suspect from Tasha village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State was said to have killed her husband, Shamsuddeen Salisu, with a knife during a heated argument.

The deceased was rushed to the Malumfashi General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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This is coming barely a few hours after a court in Abuja sentenced one Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband.

When contacted by Channels Television, the Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the incident adding that the suspect has been arrested and an investigation is currently ongoing.

Timeline: Maryam Sanda’s Trial For Murder

Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

On Monday, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja sentenced Maryam Sanda to death for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

This brings to climax the legal proceedings trailing the death of Bilyaminu – son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

Although she could appeal the judgement of the court, Justice Halilu sentenced Sanda to death after convicting her of stabbing Bilyaminu to death.

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Upon her conviction by the judge, Sanda broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably but was comforted by her lawyer amid some officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in the courtroom.

Here is a timeline of the 26-month court proceedings below:

On November 23, 2017, the police file murder charges against Sanda.

On November 24, 2017, the court sends the accused to the correctional facility after refusing to grant her bail application.

On December 7, 2017, the court again refuses an oral application for her bail and orders for her return to the correctional facility pending her re-arraignment.

On December 14, 2017, the court again refuses and dismisses Sanda’s bail but grants bail to her three co-defendants.

On February 7, 2018, the court strikes out another bail application made on her behalf.

On March 7, 2018, Sanda is finally granted bail on health grounds.

On March 19, 2018, a prosecution witness in Sanda’s trial disappears after arriving in court.

On April 19, 2018, Witness narrates how Maryam Sanda allegedly made several attempts to stab her husband before his eventual murder.

On May 15, 2018, Sanda’s trial is stalled.

On October 3, 2018, the lawyer representing Sanda withdraws from her trial.

On January 23, 2019, Sanda reveals in a statement that some nude pictures on her husband’s phone led to the fight that eventually led to his death.

On February 27, 2019, the court fixes the date for the final address.

On March 26, 2019, the court fixes a date to rule on the no-case submission filed by the accused.

On April 4, 2019, the court said Sanda has a case to answer.

On October 16, 2019, Sanda opens her defence.

On January 27, 2020, the court convicts Sanda and sentences her to death by hanging.

Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Husband

Maryam Sanda being whisked away from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja after she was sentenced to death on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the sentence on Monday in Abuja while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Missus Sanda.

He sentenced Sanda after she was convicted for stabbing late Bilyaminu to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

Upon her conviction by the judge, Sanda broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably.

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The situation worsened for her after Justice Halilu sentenced her to death, causing a sad atmosphere in the courtroom for sympathisers.

 

Tearful Sanda was later comforted by her lawyer amid some officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in the courtroom.

Following the judge’s sentence, she was whisked away from the court by NSC officials who were accompanied by security operatives amid wailing friends and family members of Sanda.

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.

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

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

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Sympathisers weep as officials whisk Maryam Sanda away from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja after she was sentenced to death on January 27, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

UPDATED: Court Convicts Maryam Sanda For Killing Her Husband

Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

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

Justice Yusuf Halilu made the pronouncement 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.

READ ALSO: Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death By Hanging

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

They informed the court that the killing was premeditated.

Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

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.

PHOTOS: Maryam Sanda Weeps Uncontrollably After Being Convicted

Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Maryam Sanda wept uncontrollably on Monday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja.

She broke down in tears after Justice Yusuf Halilu convicted her for the death of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Justice Halilu made the pronouncement while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Missus Sanda.

READ ALSO: Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death By Hanging

In reaction to the judge’s pronouncement, Sanda wept profusely but was comforted by her lawyer and some officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service in the courtroom.

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.

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.

See more photos below:

Maryam Sanda weeps at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

Court Dismisses Alleged Husband Killer Maryam Sanda’s No-Case Submission

 

An FCT High Court in Maitama has dismissed a no-case submission made by Maryam Sanda, accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, and ordered her to enter her defence.

Ruling on the submission, the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, held that from the preponderance of evidence of all the prosecution witnesses, a thick cloud has been formed by the prosecution making it important to call the other side make their case.

“The submission of no case to answer by Maryam Sanda, the first defendant, is overruled. I call on the first defendant to enter her defence,” the judge held.

Maryam is being tried before the court for allegedly killing her husband, Mr Biliyamin Bello.

Meanwhile, the court has discharged and acquitted Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu; brother, Aliyu Sanda and housemaid, Sadiya Aminu, who were accused by police of assisting Maryam to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.

The judge held that the police, either by omission or commission, have clearly not done well in tying Maimuna, Aliyu and Sadiya, to the offence.

“The no-case submission of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants is hereby upheld and they are hereby discharged and acquitted,” Justice Halilu held.

The court thereafter fixed May 6 for definite defence and ordered that the trial shall be on a day-to-day basis unless otherwise decided by the court.

Again, Court Adjourns Trial Of Maryam Sanda

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial of Maryam Sanda till June 28 and 29, 2018.

The case was adjourned because the counsel to the defendant, Mr. Joesph Daudu was absent in court today.

Mr. Daudu through a letter asked the court for an adjournment due to his ill health.

The accused, Mrs. Sanda is undergoing trial for allegedly killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, son of former PDP National Chairman, Mohammed Bello.

She was remanded in Suleja Prisons, on November 24, 2017, for allegedly stabbing him several times at their Maitama home in Abuja, based on allegations of infidelity after seeing a text message on his phone.

He was later rushed to the hospital where he eventually died.

The FCT Police Command then filed two counts of culpable homicide against her.

She pleaded not guilty but was remanded in prison custody.

After being the denied bail, the court later granted her bail based on medical reports which show she is ill and pregnant and requires medical attention.

On April 19, 2018, the court adjourned the trial of Mrs. Sanda to enable the prosecution to call its first witness.

The defence counsel Mr. Joseph Daudu had on behalf of Mrs. Sanda made an application for the charges to be dismissed because it is incompetent, null and void.

Mr. Daudu had argued that the charges which were filed as an originating summon ought to be by the Attorney-General of the Federation and not the police.

How Maryam Sanda Attempted To Stab Her Husband Several Times – Witness

FILE PHOTO: Maryam Sanda during her trial for the alleged murder of her husband, Bilyamin Bello.

 

The first prosecution witness in the ongoing trial in the alleged murder of Bilyamin Bello has narrated before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Jabi incidents preceding the alleged murder.

Ibrahim Mohammed, a businessman and friend of the deceased told the court that the wife of the deceased, Maryam Sanda, who the police charged with the murder, attempted to stab the deceased multiple times on the night of November 18, 2017.

While being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, the witness told the court that Maryam threatened on numerous occasions to cut off the manhood of the deceased unless she was divorced that night.

He said he was with the deceased from around 3:00 p.m. on November 18 to around 1:00 a.m. on November 19.

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He told the court that Maryam Sanda came down the second time to call her husband and while they were upstairs he heard noises from upstairs before Maryam sent Sadiya (the fourth defendant) to call him.

“When I got there, Ibrahim said ‘I saw both Maryam and Bilyaminu holding each other’s cloth on the neck. I asked what was happening and pleaded that they stop this.

“Maryam told me to tell Bilyaminu to divorce her. I told her they should exercise patience and stop fighting. She said she was not going anywhere until he divorces her.

“While pleading with her, Bilyamin entered the bedroom and Maryam followed him, insisting that he should divorce her that night but Bilyamin kept silent,” he explained.

The witness said he had to use his hand to disengage Maryam’s hands from her husband’s neck, adding that when he did this, the first defendant picked a groundnut bottle by the side of the door and broke it on the wall while charging towards her husband, who however overpowered her and sustained an injury.

According to Ibrahim, Maryam said she would not stop until Bilyaminu divorce her that night; that either he divorces her or she would cut his private part but the deceased kept silent all through the altercation.

He also recounted how he and the deceased returned home after to treat a cut he sustained and subsequently smoked shish before he departed.

But at about 1:00 am he was called that Maryam’s husband had died.

Under cross-examination by counsel for the defendants: Joseph Daudu, the witness told the court that he left the deceased performing ablution when he was leaving his house that night.

Asked if Maryam threatened to kill the deceased all through the fights, the witness said she did not state so, adding, however, that, “Maryam said she would cut his private part.”

The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, upon the conclusion of the evidence of the witness and based on the consensus of parties adjourned the case to May 15 and 16 for a continuation of hearing.

Court Adjourns Trial Of Maryam Sanda

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial of Maryam Sanda to April 19, 2018, to enable the prosecution to call its first witness.

The defence counsel Mr Joseph Daudu, had on behalf of Mrs Sanda made an application for the charges to be dismissed because it is incompetent, null and void.

Mr Daudu had argued that the charges which were filed as an originating summon ought to be by the Attorney-General of the Federation and not the police.

He also argued that the police ought to file it through first information but in the instant case it has not been done.

The Police Prosecutor, therefore, asked the court to reject the application of the defendant because it is misconceived.

He said that the administration of Criminal Justice Act is the only operational law in the FCT and the law has laid down procedures for filing a criminal charge which the police has adhered to.

The court had on March 7, 2017, granted her (Sanda) bail on the grounds that she is pregnant, ill and requires medical attention.

She was remanded in Suleja Prisons on November 24, 2017, for allegedly killing her husband at his Maitama home in Abuja, by allegedly stabbing him several times based on allegations of infidelity after seeing a text message on his phone.

He was later rushed to the hospital where he eventually died.

She was in December denied bail as no cogent reason was brought forward by the defence counsel.

However,  the FCT Police Command filed two counts of culpable homicide against her.

Although she pleaded not guilty, the accused was remanded in prison custody.

The development took a different turn on when the police amended the charges, joining the mother of the accused, her brother, and one of her relatives in the suit.

The trial could not continue as the prosecutor said efforts by the police to serve the three other defendants proved abortive.

Maryam’s lawyer had requested that his client is released on interim bail because she is a nursing mother, but the prosecution counsel argued that the application should not be taken since the charge had been amended.