Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court has again declined to grant bail to Maryam Sanda, who is alleged to have murdered her husband Bilyamin Bello.
Jacob Daudu, Sanda’s lawyer, had told the court on Monday that his client was three months pregnant, hence the need for the court to grant her bail.
However, at the resumption of hearing on Wednesday, Justice Halilu struck out the application for lack of merit.
A similar attempt by the defence counsel to get bail for the accused person in December had also suffered a similar fate. Daudu had ‘procured’ a medical report, which he tendered before the court as proof of Sanda’s “serious illness” and need for medical attention.
But Halilu struck out the bail application, saying: “I have seen from where I am, which is close to the dock, that the first defendant is strong enough. The first defendant, who has been inside the duck for over an hour, is very strong.”
Sanda allegedly stabbed Bello, her husband, to death in November 2017 on suspicion of infidelity. She later rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Her mother, Maimuna Aliyu, and brother Aliyu Sanda, have also been charged with tampering with the crime scene. They had allegedly mopped the floor where Sanda killed her husband, so as to deceive investigators.
The deceased, Bello, is the nephew of Haliru Bello, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sanda has remained in Suleja Prison since she was first arraigned on November 24, 2017.