The death sentence handed to Maryam Sanda over the death of her husband, Bilyamin Mohammed Bello, has been affirmed by the court of appeal.
The appeal court sitting in Abuja couldn’t upturn the judgement that sentenced Sanda to death on a two-count charge bordering on culpable homicide.
The federal government had arraigned Sanda for killing her husband, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.
Freshreporters had reported that a federal high court in Abuja had through Justice Yusuf Halilu found Maryam Sanda, guilty of killing her husband, in 2017 and sentenced her to death by hanging.
However, she submitted that the judge relied on circumstantial evidence as there was “lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.”
She also submitted the trial judge “erred and misdirected himself by usurping the role of the police when he assumed the duty of an investigating police officer (IPO) as contained in page 76 of his judgment…”
Sanda fought through legal means to redeem herself from dying by hanging but lost on Friday after the appellate court upheld the death sentence earlier handed to her.
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