Police says it’s facing difficulty remanding wife ‘who murdered’ son of ex-PDP chairman

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The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command says it is difficult to remand Maryam Sanda who allegedly murdered Bilyaminu Bello, son of a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Sanda, who is the daughter of embattled former Aso Savings Bank boss, Hajia Maimuna Aliyu, had allegedly stabbed her husband in the neck and chest while he slept in the bedroom at their home over suspicion that Bilyaminu was cheating on her.

Bilyamin, a real estate developer and businessman, was said to have complained several times to some family members and friends about his wife’s violent tendency. The couple had a daughter together.

Police Public Relations Officer in FCT, Anjuguri Manzah, stated that although the command had secured an order to detain the suspect for two weeks, it will not be easy because she has a six-month-old baby.

The suspect has been arraigned before an FCT high court on a two-count charge, with Sanda accused of committing an offence punishable by death.

The charge sheet, according to TheCable, reads, “That you Mariam Sanda Female, Adult of N0 4 Pakail Close, Wuse 2 Abuja, on or about the at 19/11/2017 at about 0350 hours at Pakail Close, Wuse zone 2, Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division, did commit the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death. In that you caused the death of one Bilyaminu Bello Halliru, male of N0 4 Pakail close, Wuse zone 2, Abuja by stabbing him on the chest with broken bottle which eventually led to his death, you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

“That you Mariam Sanda Female, Adult of N0 4 Pakail Close, Wuse 2 Abuja, on or about the at 19/11/2017 at about 0350 hours at Pakail Close, Wuse zone 2, Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division, did commit the offence of causing grievous hurt. In that you stabbed  one Bilyaminu Bello Halliru, male of N0 4 Pakail close, Wuse zone 2, Abuja by stabbing him on the chest with broken bottle on the neck thereby endangering his life, you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 240 (g) and punishable under section 247 of the Penal Code Law.”

Manzah disclosed that it would be clear, at the end of the investigation,
if the charges could be amended, adding in a statement that, “It should also be noted that this present charge is as a result of preliminary findings. At the end of the investigation, additional findings will determine whether the current charge will be amended or whether other persons will be charged along with the suspect.

“To assist the police with its ongoing investigation, some persons have been invited for questioning on the matter. Investigation on the case is still on-going and the public will kept abreast of any further development.

“Sequel to the aforementioned facts on the current status of the case, the command wishes to assure members of the public that investigation will be carried out professionally.”

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