An FCT High Court on Monday sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging. Sanda had been standing trial for stabbing to death her husband, Bilyaminu, son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello.
Delivering judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu, convicted her on circumstantial evidence, NAN reports.
The killing was premeditated, the police said.
The police accused Sanda of stabbing her husband with a broken bottle at about 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2017
The police also accused Maimuna Aliyu, Sanda’s mother; Aliyu, her brother, and Sadiya Aminu, her housemaid, of tampering with evidence by cleaning the blood and other proofs from the crime scene, but charges were later dropped.
Sanda was alleged to have killed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, over allegations of infidelity.
Bello was the nephew of Haliru Bello, a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Justice Yusuf Halilu fixed Jan. 27, 2020 for judgment after listening to the submissions of all the counsels in the matter in their adoption of final written addresses.
Sanda was arraigned by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in 2017 on a one-count charge of culpable homicide.
She was arraigned alongside Aliyu Sanda, her brother; Maimuna Aliyu, her mother and Sadiya Aminu, her housemaid.