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I’m 3 Months for My Late Husband, Sanda Tells Court


Mariam Sanda, who allegedly killed her husband, son of Mohammed Bello, former Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Monday, told an FCT High Court sitting in Jabi Abuja, Monday, that she is three months pregnant for her deceased husband.
She told the court that she was pregnant when the death of her husband occurred at their West 2 home in Abuja.
Yhrough her counsel, Joseph Daodu, she brought another bail application on a passionate ground. The court had earlier rejected her bail application and ordered her remanded at Suleja Prison.
Mariam Sanda was charged alongside her mother, Haija Maimuna Aliyu, brother, Aliyu Sanda and one Sadiya Aminu for the murder of Bilyamin Mohammed Bello.
At the resumed hearing Monday, Daudu in his new application dated January 25th and filed 26th January 2018, prayed for an order to grant the 1st defendant bail pending the hearing of the matter.
He said: “My lord the new fact is that she is three month pregnant and I have done my research.The court should exercise its discretion and it is guaranteed that the defendant will attend trial in all the adjourned dates
“Apart from issue of blood pressure, pregnancy is a thing that comes with issue of complicating issues.
“I urge the court to exercise its discretion under the ACJA and grant the defendant bai. I have no reference where a woman is pregnant and is denied bail”
“In otherwords, let us leave the social media one side, there is a threat to two lifes”, Daudu held.
The defence counsel also objected to hearing of the case since the matter has not been sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for advice as stipulated by Section 104,105 of the penal code.
“There is no point of commencing cross examination. There must be a fair trial and due processes must be followed”, Daudu said.
While objecting to the bail application the police prosecuting counsel, James Idachaba told the court that the evidence put forward by the defence is not sufficent enough to grant the application.
He also told the court that in reaction to the application, “we have filed a counter affidavit of 12 paragraph against bail of the defendant
“With greatest respect the fact brought before your lordship is insufficient. There is no evidence to prove that she is three months pregnant.We urge your lordship to dismiss the application because the defendant has not taken her plea”. Idachaba said.
After listening to both parties the trial Judge, Justice Yusuf Haliru, ordered that the 1st defendant be remanded in prison facility that is been maintained by government and adjourned the matter till Wednesday to rule on whether to grant the bail or not based on her pregnancy claim.
It will be recalled that Justice Halilu had previously rejected plea for the defendant who is nursing a six-month old baby girl, to be released from Suleja prison on bail.
The court had on November 24, 2017, remanded Maryam in prison after she was arraigned on a two-count charge of culpable homicide punishable by death under section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
In the charge marked CR/15/17 which Police filed pursuant to section 109(d) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Maryam was accused of stabbing her husband to death with a broken bottle on November 19 at their Abuja residence over suspicion of infidelity.
The prosecution told the court that Bilyamin died as a result of several stabs on his chest and neck. Police maintained that the defendant attacked her husband with the knowledge that her act was likely to cause his death. She was equally charged with the offence of “causing grievious hurt”, contrary to section 247 of the Penal Code Law. The late Bilyaminu who is a real estate developer.
However, Maryam pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as she begged the court shortly after her arraignment to release her on bail pending the trial, a request that was refused. Police subsequently amended the charge and added Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu, her brother, Aliyu Sanda and one Sadiya Aminu, as co-defendant in the matter.
The prosecution alleged that Maryam’s family members attempted to destroy evidence that linked her to the murder. It alleged that upon realizing that an offence of culpable homicide was committed, the other defendants,”did caused evidence of the offence to dissappear”.
It said the other defendants had carefully cleaned the blood from the scene of the crime with the intention of screening the 1st defendant, Maryam from legal punishment. According to the prosecution, the three persons involved in the scrubbing-off of murdered Bilyamin’s blood, by their action, committed an offence punishable under section 167 of the Penal Code Law.
Nevetheless, the court granted Maryam’s co-defendants bail after they produced two surties each and surrendered their all their travelling documents.

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