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Police to detain Maimuna Aliyu’s daughter, who ‘stabbed’ her husband to death, for two weeks
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has filed criminal charges against Maryam Sanda for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death last Saturday.
Sanda is the daughter of Maimuna Aliyu, the former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans Limited, whose nomination to the Board of ICPC was withdrawn by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo following corruption allegations exposed by the ICIR.
The deceased Bello was the son of Haliru Bello, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of the FCT police command, issued a statement revealing that the command had secured a court order to remand Sanda for two weeks.
He said that it would be difficult for the suspect to be remanded in prison custody because she is a nursing mother whose baby is just six months old.
“It should also be noted that this present charge is as a result of preliminary findings; at the end of investigations, additional findings will determine whether the current charge will be amended or whether other persons will be charged along with the suspect,” Manza said.
“To assist the police with their ongoing investigations, some persons have been invited for questioning on the matter.”
Manzah said the case was assigned to FCT High Court in the Jabi district of Abuja, adding that the suspect was charged with culpable homicide punishable under section 224 of the Penal Code.
A source told newsmen that some security guards who were picked up by the police for questioning had been released after they also promised to testify in court.
“The security guards were released after telling the police what they knew about the incident. They subsequently agreed to serve as prosecution witnesses, meaning that they would appear in court to give evidence on the matter,” a source explained.
Sanda allegedly stabbed her husband in the neck, chest and genitals on Saturday while he slept at their home in Maitama, Abuja.
She was said to have rushed him to a hospital where he gave up the ghost.
The deceased was reported to have divorced his first wife before marrying Sanda and the couple had a daughter together.