Murder: Court upholds death sentence for Maryam Sanda 

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An Appeal Court in Abuja has dismissed the appeal suit filed by Maryam Sanda against her death sentence. 

The appeal court through a judgment by a three-man panel led by Justice Stephen Adah, ruled that her appeal has no merit and found no reason to set aside the judgement given by the Abuja High Court that sentenced her. 

Maram Sanda, a mother of one was sentenced to death by hanging in January by an Abuja High Court for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

According to the charge sheet, Sanda was said to have stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50am.

Following her sentence, Maryam approached the appeal court to set aside the verdict. 

Her appeal said that the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu was tainted by “bias and prejudices”.

In the notice of appeal filed by her legal team composed of Rickey Tarfa, SAN, Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN, Regina Okotie-Eboh and Beatrice Tarfa, Maryam said that the judgement was a “miscarriage of justice.”


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