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Appeal Court Upholds Sanda’s Death Sentence

Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has affirmed the death sentence on Maryam Sanda over the killing of her husband Bilyaminu Mohammed Bello.
Sanda and three others were arraigned by the federal government on a two-count charge bordering on culpable homicide.
She was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 27, 2020, by Yusuf Halilu, the trial judge.
Aggrieved by the death sentence, Sanda approached the appellate court seeking to upturn the 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…”
But on Friday, the appellate court upheld the death sentence.

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