Maryam Sanda, a convict who stabbed her husband to death, heads to the Supreme Court


The death penalty of Maryam Sanda has been upheld by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

On November 19, 2017, Sanda stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu, who was the son of Dr Haliru Bello, the former Democratic Party National Chairman, to death after seeing a text message on his phone following an accusation of infidelity towards him.

The police arrested and arraigned Maryam in court.

She was found guilty of murder by the Abuja Federal High Court in January 2020 and was sentenced to death by hanging.

Maryam, unsatisfied with the decision, lodged an appeal against the death penalty in February 2020.

She demanded that the verdict be set aside and acquitted by the Court of Appeal in Abuja on the ground that Justice Yusuf Halilu, who handed her the death penalty, was “tainted by bias and prejudice.”

She also alleged that she had not been granted a fair hearing and was convicted by the trial judge on circumstantial evidence, who supposedly refused to rule on her preliminary objection, questioning her preferred charge.

In a judgment issued on Friday, December 4, a three-man court panel rejected Ms. Sanda’s appeal for lack of merit.

However, her lawyer, Joe Gadzama SAN, said they were going to the Supreme Court, while Police Counsel James Idachaba praised the judgment and said they were also prepared to meet at the apex court with Maryam and her legal team.

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