Alleged Husband Killer: Counsel’s ill-health stalls trial of Maryam Sanda
An FCT high court in Jabi, has adjourned the trail of Maryam Sanda to a later date due to the absence of the Legal counsel representing the accused from court on Tuesday. Maryam Sanda
Mr Joseph Daudu who failed to appear in court sent a letter attributing his ill health as the cause of his absence. In his letter he also urged the court to grant an adjournment.
Counsel to the 2nd defendant, A.T Kehinde, did not oppose to adjournment. According to him, the reasons stated in the letter are “germane”. Maryam Sanda
The fourth defendant counsel also aligned himself with the submissions of the second and first defendant counsel.
The prosecution counsel, James Idachaba said he was not opposed to the adjournment as the learned silk had always made himself available since the beginning of the trial. He informed the court that the prosecution had brought three of its witnesses to court. He also prayed the court that cost of transportation (N10,000 each) should be awarded to the first and second witness who came from Kaduna to testify in the matter.
Justice Halilu refused the prosecution’s request for transportation cost and adjourned the matter to June 28, 2018.
Maryam Sanda is standing trial for allegedly killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, son of former PDP National Chairman, Mohammed Bello.
The Nigerian Police has confirmed the arrest of Maryam Sanda for allegedly stabbing her husband, Haliru Bello to death.
Bello, 35, son of Haliru Bello, a former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has been buried according to Islamic rites in Abuja, after prayers at the National Mosque.
Police Public Relations Officer, DPS Anjuguri Manzah, in a chat with newsmen, said that the suspect was arrested on Sunday night. He said that she would be charged to court after investigations have been concluded.
According to the police, the investigation was being handled by its homicide department adding that investigation would be concluded soon.
Haliru Bello’s death was not natural, as he was allegedly killed in his Maitama home in Abuja by his wife, Maryam Sanda.
Maryam is the daughter of Maimuna Aliyu, former Aso Saving Bank executive.
According to reports, Maryam allegedly killed her husband on Saturday night, stabbing him several times.
Multiple reports online said she attacked her husband based on allegations of infidelity after seeing a text message on his phone.
Maryam was said to have stabbed Bello, who would have clocked 36 on November 23, thrice in the back. She also reportedly stabbed him several times on his manhood.
After stabbing him, she drove him to the hospital for treatment but he did not survive the attack.
Anjuri Manza, spokesman of FCT police command, confirmed the murder : “We are investigating the matter,”he told the Cable.
According to reports, it was not the first time Maryam would attack Bello violently.
She once bit part of his ear off during an argument. Bello was treated at a hospital before returning home. Some report said he was advised to leave the house but he refused, only to be brutally attacked the second time.
The couple had a daughter together.
Bello’s father was the acting chairman of the PDP board of trustees from 2015-2016, minister of defence from 2011-2012, and minister of communications from 2001-2003.