Alleged Husband Killer’s Mum Maimuna Aliyu Implicated in Murder Charge
In a new twist to the case of Maryam Sanda who allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello to death, reports have it that Maryam’s mother and former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans, Hajiya Maimuna Aliyu Sanda, has been included as a co-accused in the murder case.
This development was revealed at a resumed hearing today by the Police prosecutor, CSP James Idachaba who informed the court that an amended charge has been filed before the court where Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu has been added as defendant together with two others.
The Police prosecutor however said all efforts to serve the charge on Maimuna and the others have proved abortive. He then asked the court to adjourn the matter to Thursday, December 14 to enable the Police bring all the defendants to court so they can take their pleas together.
Meanwhile, the FCT High Court in Jabi refused the oral application for bail made on behalf of the alleged husband killer, Maryam Sanda and ordered her returned to prisons pending her re-arraignment next Thursday.
The FCT Police Command had, in a two-count charge, accused Maryam of killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, the son of Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad, a former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
They alleged that Maryam had caused the death of Bello “by stabbing him on the chest with a broken bottle which eventually led to his death and you did with the knowledge that your act is likely to cause his death.”
When she was arraigned on November 24, she had pleaded not guilty to the charges against her but the court ordered that she be remanded in prison custody.
But Maryam’s new lawyer, Chief Joseph Daudu (SAN), a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), today asked the court to listen to the bail application filed on Maryam’s behalf.
However, the Police Prosecutor, Idachaba, urged the court to also adjourn the bail application to December 14 after new pleas from other co-accused must have been taken.
The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, ruled in favour of the Prosecutor and said the bail would be taken after the re-arraignment.
Daudu again pleaded with the judge to release Maryam on bail pending the re-arraignment on Thursday because the prisons condition is not suitable for Maryam’s six-months old baby.
“It is unfortunate that a life has been lost already, but we should not take more lives,” Daudu pleaded.
However, after another objection by the Police Prosecutor, Justice Halilu held that he is not disposed to grant the oral bail application since issues have been joined on the formal application for bail.
“The defendant in the main time shall be returned to the prisons pending Thursday, December 14,” the judge held.
Maryam’s daughter who was in the care of a relative wouldn’t stop crying so much so that the judge had to order that she be taken outside.
Daily Trust reports that the court room was filled to capacity with as many more people standing both inside and outside the court room.