- The trending Maryam Sanda case is not over yet as there are legal openings for the defence team to explore
- One of the lawyers of Sanda says they will go ahead to appeal the judgment against their client
- Sanda was on Monday, January 27 sentenced to death by hanging for killing her husband, Late Bilayaminu Bello
A report by ThisDay indicates that Mrs Maryam Sanda will appeal her death sentence.
Sanda was on Monday, January 27 sentenced to death by hanging for killing her husband, Late Bilayaminu Bello.
A member of her legal team told the newspaper that they will appeal the judgement by Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“She has a constitutional right of appeal and definitely she has to exercise it. We will definitely appeal the judgment,” the unnamed attorney said.
The federal government had arraigned Sanda on a two-count charge bordering on murder.
In the judgment delivered, the trial judge held that there was circumstantial evidence coupled with the defendant’s testimony and statement to the police that she “fatally” stabbed her husband to death in Abuja on November 19, 2017.
The judge while stating that the offence for which the defendant was convicted was based on Section 221 of the Penal Code imposed the maximum sentence.
Nigerians have been reacting to the fate of Sanda on social media.
Success Idowu wrote: The culprit and her parent didn't show the slightest remorse after the incident, they arrogantly tried to destroy the evidence. Thinking that it's business as usual with the judicial system, they hired the best lawyers money can buy to ensure victory.
Zahra Musa wrote: There’s a lesson in it for all. Marriage is not by force. When love turns to hate, it’s better to leave. A divorce is an option. It’s better to be alive than killed.
Jake Okechukwu wrote: If Maryam Sanda was the one killed by her husband, there wouldn't be a death sentence. Of 121 recorded cases from 2014-18 where women were allegedly killed by their husbands, how many men sentenced to death? NONE! ZERO! Our legal system is very misogynistic and entrenched in patriarchy.
Fakhuus Hashim wrote: I have no sympathy for Maryam Sanda. My reservation about the death penalty has little do with her as an individual but the system which is barbaric. She deserves a life sentence, to never see the light of freedom. Her mother and brother should be prosecuted for tampering with evidence.
Meanwhile, popular Nigerian actress Toyin Abraham has expressed sadness over the court sentence given to Sanda.
Abraham advised people to let relationships go if it is not working for them even if people would mock them.
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