Police seek death penalty for wife who killed ex-PDP chairman’s son

The victim, Mr. Haliru Bello and Wife, Maryam Sanda
The victim, Mr. Haliru Bello and Wife, Maryam Sanda [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

The police have filed murder charges against a woman who allegedly murdered her husband at their residence in Abuja weekend.

Maryam Sanda allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello-Haliru, multiple times, the police said.

The victim, Mr. Bello-Haliru, was the son of a former minister and national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello.

A charge sheet prepared by the police and filed at the FCT High Court accused Mrs. Sanda of culpable homicide.

The police said the killing was premeditated, and are seeking the death penalty against the accused in the two-count charge.

Ms. Sanda stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50 a.m. with “absolute intent to kill” him, court filings said. She was charged under Sections 221, 240 and 247 of the Penal Code.

The police said the murder was committed at Zone 2, Wuse, Abuja, and not Maitama, as had been widely reported.

The police have secured a two-week remand warrant to keep the suspect in custody as homicide detectives continue with investigation, Abuja police spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement.

Mr. Manzah said unnamed persons have been questioned by the police in connection with the case, and there is possibility that other persons might be charged in the alleged murder.

The matter would be heard at Courtroom No. 32 by the Chief Judge of FCT High Court, the police said. But no date has been fixed for commencement of trial.

PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately confirm if Mrs. Sanda has named her legal representatives.


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  • emmanuel

    Very unfortunate case. I presume she is the daughter of the woman who retired from Aso MFB recently, under questionable circumstances which is yet to be resolved .
    Money does not bring up children, as nature does not form personality. It is nurturing and grooming.
    While parents chase money and fame, children who lack parental care take on values best known to them.
    In this case, i hope drug usage did not contribute to her violent lifestyle? Because lots of emerging adults from depraved affluent homes, end up doing drugs these days.


    instead This is a crime of passion and if children are involved ,it is usually better to imprison the culprit instead of execution.

  • Keen Observer

    @Emmanuel I absolutely agreed with you on those assertions;-” Money does not bring up children, as nature does not form personality; it’s nurturing , and grooming….” very intelligent expressions!
    A good parental brought up will not stab her hubby (part of her own body) in multiple rounds. The root cause of these are 80% upbringing (children brought up majorly by nannies/teachers), and 20% social vices (drugs, peer influence e t c). Very unfortunate indeed…!