Court sends wife of ex-PDP chairman’s son to prison for ‘killing’ husband

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

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Friday ordered the remand of the daughter-in-law of a former Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Haliru Bello, for allegedly killing her husband.

The court said Maryam Sanda, who had been in police custody since the deadly stabbing of her husband on Sunday, be transferred to a prison custody.

Bilyaminu Haliru-Bello died shortly after the attack, police said.

Police filed a two-count charge of murder against Mrs. Sanda, making a case for the death penalty.

On Friday, Mrs. Sanda was arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu, who refused an oral application for bail by her lawyer, Husseini Musa.

The case was adjourned till December 7 for further hearing.

Mrs. Sanda, the daughter of a former Aso Savings boss, Maimuna Aliyu, had been married to Mr. Haliru-Bello, whose father is also a former minister, two years before the attack.

The charges against her as follows:

“That you Maryam Sanda: female adult of number 4 pakali close wuse 2 Abuja on or about 19/11/2017 at about 03: 50 hours, within the Abuja Judicial Division did commit the offence of culpable homicide: punishable with death. In that you caused the death of one Bilyaminu Bello Haliru: male adult of number 4 Pakali Close wuse Zone 2 Abuja by stabbing him on the chest with a broken bottle, which eventually led to his death: and you did so with the knowledge that your act is likely to course his death, you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 221 of the penal code law.

“That you Maryam Sanda female, adult of number 4 Pakali Close Wuse 2 Abuja, on or about 19/11/2017 at about 03:50 hours, within the Abuja Judicial Division did commit the offence of causing grievous hurt. In that you stabbed one Bilyaminu Bello Haliru, male adult of number 4 pakali close wuse zone 2 Abuja, with a broken bottle on the neck, thereby endangering his life. You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 240 and punishable under section 247 of the Penal code law.”


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  • Pure Reasoning

    Did the police investigate to determine whether there is constant abuse in the household by the husband before filling charges against the woman? It is possible the woman has been going thru enormous abuse in the hands of the husband even on the day of the stabbing. She may have stabbed the husband in self defense and not with the intention of killing. Well let the law take its course.

  • Bamigbaiye Hussein Olawale

    Men, please stop getting married to stay alive, the women have gone mad, but they only kill husbands , they dont kill baby fathers. Apology to the very few good women out there though.