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Murder: Court upholds Maryam Sanda’s death sentence


An Appeal Court in Abuja has upheld the judgement by the FCT High Court which sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of the former National Chairman of PDP, Haliru Bello.

Sanda had on November 19, 2017 stabbed her husband to death following an allegation of infidelity against him after seeing a text message on his phone.

In his judgement, Presiding Judge, Justice Steven Adah, held that the court is duty-bound to do justice according to law and not sentiments.

The judge held that the law does not leave room for irregularities, adding that parties must conduct criminal trials according to the law.

Under Section 221 of the penal code, the court held that the trial judge was right in his verdict, stressing that the offence is punishable by death.

Her Counsel, Joe Gadzama SAN, however, said they are heading to the supreme court.