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Court dismisses Maryam Sanda’s no-case submission, discharges her mum, brother

Court dismisses Maryam Sanda’s no-case submission, discharges her mum, brother

Court dismisses Maryam Sanda’s no-case submission, discharges her mum, brother

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court today dismissed a no-case submission made by Maryam Sanda, accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, and ordered her to enter her defence. Maryam is being tried before the court for allegedly killing Bilyaminu, her husband, who was a nephew of former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad.

Maryam allegedly stabbed Bilyaminu multiple times in November 2017 over alleged infidelity.

Justice Halilu held that from the preponderance of evidence of all the prosecution witnesses, a thick cloud has been formed by the prosecution making it important to call the other side to make their case.

“The submission of no-case to answer by Maryam Sanda, the first defendant, is overruled. I call on the first defendant to enter her defence,” the judge held.

The court today discharged and acquitted Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu; brother, Aliyu Sanda and house maid, Sadiya Aminu, who were accused by police of assisting Maryam to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.

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The judge ruled that the police, either by omission or commission, have clearly not done well in tying Maimuna, Aliyu and Sadiya, to the offence of screening.

“The no-case submission of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants is hereby upheld and they are hereby discharged and acquitted,” Justice Halilu held.

The court thereafter fixed May 6 for definite defence and ordered that the trial shall be on a day-to-day basis unless otherwise decided by the court.

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