Alleged Husband Killer: Disappearance of witness stalls Sanda’s trial

A prosecution witness was nowhere to be found after he was called upon by the prosecution counsel, James Idachaba to testify in the case of Maryam Sanda who allegedly killed her husband. According to the Mr idachaba, the witness was present in court at the resumption of the trial but left without any information regarding his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, at the resumed trial on Monday, Sanda through her counsel Joseph Daudu made an application for the charges against her to be dismissed because it is incompetent, null and void.

According to him, the prosecution did not follow the right process before filling the charges as outlined in sec 359 (1)(2) and sec 376 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. He said the police ought to have passed the matter unto the Attorney General for intervention immediately the police finished their investigation.

Mr. Daudu further prayed that the defense be granted “unhindered access” to all materials relevant to the case. Those materials include all statements by the defendants, all the investigation police officers, and any other person, in the course of investigating the complaint leading to the charges instituted against the defendants.

They also sought to be furnished with the coroner’s report on the death of the deceased, original copies of all photographs taken, weapons, including knife and broken pieces of ceramic plates used in the commission of the alleged offence, for their inspection, a scrap iPhone, clothes with blood stain, and Compact Disk ROM, as referred to by the prosecution in their additional list of evidence.

Mr. Idachaba, however, opposed the defendant’s application. According to him, the submission that the charge against the defendants is incompetent is totally misconceived. He also said that sec 23 of the police act which has already been interpreted, gives the power to bring the matter before the court.

On the issue of access to relevant materials, Mr. Idachaba said the prosecution has complied with sec 36 (d) of the constitution, by furnishing the defense with all necessary materials needed in the trial.

He prayed the court to dismiss the entire application and continue with the trial as planned during the last adjourned date.

Maryam Sanda is standing trial for allegedly killing her husband Bilyaminu Bello in November 2017. Her mother Maimuna Aliyu and brother Aliyu Sanda are also being tried alongside for allegedly tampering with evidence at the scene of the murder.

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

Justice Halilu has adjourned the matter to April 19, 2018, to enable the prosecution to call its first witness.

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