Alleged husband killer: Court dismisses Maryam Sanda’s no case submission

An FCT High Court in Maitama on Thursday dismissed a no-case submission made by Maryam Sanda , accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello , and ordered her to enter her defence .

Ruling on the submission on Thursday , the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu held that from the preponderance of evidence of all the prosecution witnesses , a thick cloud had been formed by the prosecution making it important to call the other side to make their case .

“ The submission of no- case to answer by Maryam Sanda , the first defendant, is overruled. I call on the first defendant to enter her defence , ” the judge held .

Halilu held that by the evidence adduced before him , the offence is punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code .

“ From the evidence of prosecution witnesses one to six adduced before me , a thick cloud seems to form around the case of the prosecution , making it impossible at this point of time for the other side not to be considered .

“ The submissions of the no-case to answer as it were in this particular situation, is overruled . ”

Maryam is being tried before the court for allegedly killing Bello , her husband, who was a nephew of former PDP Chairman , Alhaji Bello Muhammad.

The court also discharged and acquitted Maryam ’ s mother , Maimuna Aliyu ; brother, Aliyu Sanda and housemaid , Sadiya Aminu , who were accused by police of assisting Maryam to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime .

“ The no- case submission of the 2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th defendants is hereby upheld and they are hereby discharged and acquitted , ” Justice Halilu held.

Halilu thereafter fixed May 6 for definite defence and ordered that the trial shall be on a day- to – day basis unless otherwise decided by the court.


Reports gather that the prosecution closed its case on Jan. 22 after calling six witnesses .

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