The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja yesterday gave approval for the death sentence on Maryam Sanda over the death of her husband, Bilyamin Mohammed Bello.
She was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 27, 2020, by the trial judge, Yusuf Halilu.
The convict was arraigned by the federal government alongside three other persons, on a two-count charge bordering on culpable homicide.
“She should reap what she has sown, for it has been said that ‘thou shall not kill’ and whoever kills in cold blood deserves death as his own reward,” Said Halilu.
“Convict also clearly deserves to die; accordingly I hereby sentence Maryam Sanda to death by hanging until she dies.”
Aggrieved by the death sentence, Sanda approached the appellate court seeking to upturn the trial court’s judgment.
In a notice of appeal predicated on 20 grounds, the appellant through her legal team described the judgment of the trial court as “a miscarriage of justice.”
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.”
However, the appellate court upheld the death sentence.