- The Nigerian police is opening up on why Maryam Sanda's death penalty should not be reversed
- In response to Sanda’s appeal, the police counsel stated that the trial court was right in finding the convict guilty of killing her husband
- Recall that the mother of two appealed her sentence accusing the judge who presided over the trial of bias
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has been urged by the Nigerian police to uphold the death sentence an Abuja high court imposed on Maryam Sanda for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.
According to Daily Trust, the police in response to the appeal filed by Sanda’s legal team explained that the trial court was right in finding Sanda guilty of willfully killing her husband in cold blood.
James Idachaba, the police counsel went on to note that the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, properly evaluated the evidence in reaching the decision to find Sanda guilty and imposed the punishment.
He described Sanda’s appeal as baseless and urged the court to dismiss it. The police counsel argued that reversing the court's decision would give an unhappy spouse the incentive to take the life of their partner at will and defeat the purpose of the law.
Idachaba while noting that the judgment was meant to serve as a deterrent to others, said Sanda was guilty and deserved the death sentence imposed on her.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Maryam was found guilty of killing her husband. As a result of this, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Monday, January 27, sentenced her to death by hanging.
While delivering the judgement, Justice Halilu said there was compelling evidence to convict the accused. The judge, therefore, dismissed Sanda’s claim that her husband fell on a broken Shisha pot during the fight that led to his death.
According to the judge, this is a “smokescreen to deceive the court”. He said Sanda intentionally stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife with intent to ”kill”.
However, three weeks after the Abuja division of the Federal High Court delivered its judgement, the mother of two appealed the ruling that convicted and sentenced her to death.
Sanda in her request before the Court of Appeal in Abuja accused Justice Halilu of bias. She insisted that the judge relied on circumstantial evidence that was created by witnesses to sentence her to death.
In the 20 grounds of appeal, filed by Sanda's team of lawyers led by Rickey Tarfa, she claimed that Justice Halilu was tainted by bias which led to the violation of her constitutional right to a fair hearing.
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