‘Killer wife Sanda’ loses fresh bail application

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi, yesterday struck out a fresh bail application fi led by Maryam Sanda, who is being prosecuted for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death at their Maitama residence in Abuja.

She was accused of causing the death of her husband, Bilyamin Bello, who was said to be the son of a former chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello, “by stabbing him on the chest and other parts of the body with a knife and other dangerous weapons, which eventually led to his death.” Sanda allegedly stabbed the deceased at their residence at 4, Pakali Close, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on November 19, 2017.

Justice Yusuf Halilu had, earlier in a ruling delivered on December 14, 2017, granted her three co-defendants bail, but declined her plea for bail and ordered her to be remanded in Suleja prisons. After taking further arguments from the prosecuting and defence lawyers yesterday, in addition to the submissions they earlier made on Monday, Justice Halilu ruled held that the application filed by Sanda constituted an abuse of court of process “because she failed to withdraw her notice of appeal challenging the December 14, 2017, ruling declining her bail.”

Sanda, a nursing mother, had, through her lawyer, Mr. Joseph Daudu, initiated her fresh bail application which was reportedly done on January 24, 2018, on the fact that she had recently discovered that she was three months pregnant. The accused, who was accompanied into the courtroom by prison officials and relatives in her characteristics manner, covered her face with a transparent cloth while her less than a year old baby was held by her.

Sanda is being prosecuted alongside her mother, Maimuna Aliyu; brother, Aliyu Sanda; and their house-help, Sadiya Aminu. In the amended two counts preferred against the four of them, Maryam was accused in the first count of committing culpable homicide punishable by death under Section 221 of the Penal Code Act.

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