Maryam Sanda to die by hanging for killing husband

Yusuf Bello| Maryam Sanda, accused of killing Bilyamin Mohammed Bello, her husband, was on Monday found guilty of the crime and sentenced to death by a federal territory high court.

She is to die by hanging, the court ruled.

The accused stood trial on a two-count charge of culpable homicide.

Sanda who was accused of stabbing her husband over alleged infidelity, however, claimed her husband died when he fell on a broken piece of ‘shisha’ pot following an argument.

But in a judgment on Monday, the presiding judge, Yusuf Halilu, noted that after putting Sanda’s testimony alongside that of two witnesses, there a question as to whether the shisha pot broke before or after the death of Bello.

he said, “Was the shisha pot broken before or after his death? Why didn’t PW 1 and PW 4 mention a broken pot.”

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“The broken shisha pot and scattered living room is stage-managed and an affront (on the court). I am convinced that it was after the death of Bilyaminu.”

The judge said Sanda “woefully failed” to explain the cause of death of her husband going by the doctrine of “last seen”.

“She should reap what she has sown, for it has been said that ‘thou shall not kill’ and whoever kills in cold blood deserves death as his own reward,” the judge said.

“Convict also clearly deserves to die, accordingly I hereby sentence Maryam Sanda to death by hanging until she dies.”

Sanda broke down in tears after Justice Yusuf Halilu convicted her for the death of her husband but was consoled by her lawyer and some officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service in the courtroom.

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The late Mohammed Bello, nephew of Haliru Mohammed Bello, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was killed in November, 2017.

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