Appeal Court Upholds Maryam Sanda’s Death Sentence

The Appeal Court in Abuja has dismissed the appeal by Maryam Sanda, who was sentenced to death by an Abuja High Court for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello.

The Appeal Court said there no doubt that Sanda killed her husband and there was therefore no reason to set aside the verdict of the lower court.

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

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

According to the court, there was evidence that Maryam murdered her husband during a fight after she saw a nude picture on his phone, and she had threatened him, adding that it could be ruled as premeditated murder.

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court had in January found Maryam Sanda guilty of stabbing her husband to death at their Abuja residence

He had sentenced Sanda to death by hanging.

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