The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.
Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the sentence on Monday in Abuja whileturning in judgment on the protracted trial of Missus Sanda. He sentenced Sanda after she became convicted for stabbing late Bilyaminu to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.
Upon her conviction with the aid of the judge, Sanda broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably. The scenario worsened for her after Justice Halilu sentenced her to death, inflicting an unhappy atmosphere within the courtroom for sympathisers.
Tearful Sanda was later comforted through her attorney amid some officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) within the court.
Following the judge’s sentence, she became whisked away from the court via NSC officers who were observed by security operatives amid wailing friends and family members of Sanda.
Her trial focused on a judicial drama that lasted nearly three years due to delays, more than one adjournments, and failure of witnesses to appear in court among others.
In November 2017, the police charged Sanda for culpable murder and sought a demise penalty against the accused on two counts. They informed the court that the killing become premeditated.
According to the charge sheet, Sanda stabbed her husband with damaged bottles at about 3:50am. But Sanda who was remanded in custody has again pleaded not responsible to the crime.