Videos of the reaction of Maryam Sanda, who murdered of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello has been trending on the internet.
Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, today convicted and sentenced Sanda to death by hanging.
In his ruling, the judge said that there was circumstantial evidence coupled with her testimony and statement to the police that she “fatally” stabbed her husband to death in Abuja on November 19, 2017.
The judge also ordered that she should be remanded in Suleja prison till she exhausts her right of appeal.
Her deceased husband has been variously reported as a son or nephew of a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello.
Immediately the judgment was delivered, Sanda, who is a mother of two, her mother and other relatives broke down in tears.
Her mother sped out of the court as she wept while Sanda was also rushed out of the courtroom which was next to the dock but the judge ordered that she should be brought back to the courtroom.
In the middle of the confusion, the defence lawyer attempted to make a plea for allocutus (plea for mercy) but the judge said he needed to rise for the courtroom to be restored to normalcy.
The judge then returned to deliver the sentence after some minutes break and said there would be no room for allocutus.
He said the offence for which the convict was convicted was based on Section 221 of the Penal Code.
“It has been said that thou shall not kill. Whoever kills in cold blood shall die in cold blood,” the judge said.
“Maryam Sanda should reap what she has sown,” he said, adding, “it is blood for blood”.
Watch some videos from the court below.
Concerning Maryam Sanda case . There are two lessons.
Firstly don’t let anybody pressurized you into marriage wait for God’s time don’t push that it might kill you just as what happened to Maryam Sanda .
— BAFU56✊ (@Ababajiks) January 27, 2020
But then “Hanging is 2nd to the worst way of execution” there are many ways to kill “Maryam Sanda” peacefully!!! pic.twitter.com/i4EnA9xtjo
— Too Halal for You🌚 (@Ya_Abdool) January 27, 2020
This is not a lesson to only ladies, it should be a lesson to all of us, we should never let anger take control over our heart.🤗
May Allah forgive Maryam sanda and makes it easy on her.😓💔 pic.twitter.com/1liJIJgapC
— I want somthin just like this so i (@Sadeeq__Jr) January 27, 2020
Learn to walk out of abusive marriage. Killing your spouse won’t solve the problem. Maryam Sanda sentenced to death by hanging. pic.twitter.com/x9WYnGS8HL
— Queenkether (@queenkether) January 27, 2020