Maryam Sanda was sentenced to death by the Court of Appeal



The Court of Appeal in the Nigerian capital has dismissed a case filed by Maryam Sanda seeking to overturn the death sentence handed down to her by a High Court.

On January 27, 2020, Justice Yusuf Halilu sentenced Maryam Sanda to death, saying “by hanging until she dies”.

She was convicted of stabbing Benjamin, the daughter of former PDP leader Haliru Bello.

She was first arraigned in 2017 after the death of her husband during a dispute between the couple.

Maryam denied any involvement in the killing of her husband, who she said had slipped and fell on a shisha bag where a piece of cake stuck in his chest until he died.

Look back

She was charged in November 2017 with two counts of murder, including the murder of her husband, Benjamin Bello.

Maryam Sanda was charged in December 2017 with murdering her husband.

During the sentencing, the judge said that there was evidence that Maryam had committed the crime.

He also dismissed her claim that her husband had fallen on a broken Shisha pot, which led to his death.

He also said that the evidence presented convinced the court that she had stabbed her husband during a fight between them.

When the judge handed down the sentence the accused tried to rush out of the courtroom but was stopped by security officers.

The court reiterated the Abuja High Court’s decision to hang her after she was found guilty of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

While handing down the verdict on Friday, Justice Steven Adah, who presided over the three-judge panel, said the court was responsible for administering justice as provided by law and not biased.


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