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Court Sentences Maryam Sanda to Death by Hanging for Killing her Husband



Maryam Sanda has been sentenced to death by hanging after Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal High Court, Abuja found her guilty of killing her husband, Bilyamin Mohammed Bello in 2017.

According to Premium Times, the judge dismissed Sanda’s statement that her husband fell on a broken Shisha pot during a fight on the ill-fated day as a “smokescreen to deceive the court.”

He said available evidence proved that the accused stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife with intent to ”kill”. Earlier, the judge suspended the proceedings for five minutes following the drama that ensued after the conviction was passed. Maryam Sanda fled the dock immediately the judge convicted her. However, court officials and prisons officials dragged her back into the dock.

Bilyamin Bello was stabbed to death with bottle in 2017 by his wife, Maryam who was subsequently charged with culpable homicide in a two-count charge.


  1. Radiant

    January 27, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    The accused said it was a Shisha pot.
    The court found it was a kitchen knife stab.
    And BN days it was a bottle stab.


  2. Workingstudent

    January 27, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    This is an unfortunate incident. However, I hope this lady was assessed for mental health disorders such as postpartum depression (not sure how old her baby was at the time of the incident) during her trial procedures. Stabbing multiple times conveys anger/ rage/ some severe mental disorder, especially as there is no previous history of disorderliness/social disruptive behavior.

  3. Yinka

    January 28, 2020 at 12:03 am

    This story is so sad which ever way you look at it. Their two children will be left with no parents. The society will continue to remind them of this unfortunate history about their root.

  4. Anonymous

    January 28, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Oh so sad. Who will take care of this poor little baby


    January 28, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    This is clearly a miscarriage of justice. an injustice to one is an injustice to all. Her lawyer must appeal her case.

  6. Bzkneez

    February 1, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Sadly, our system and society is very much patriarchal, which means that even some of our younger men don’t acknowledge the possibility of post-natal depression and it’s effects.

    We’re so used to seeing our moms and grandmothers ‘get up and go’ or ‘grin an bear it’ that we can’t fathom anyone else just stopping.

    I feel sad that she will be hanged, sadder that the possibility of a mental health assessment was not done.

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