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QUESTION: Did slain Bilyamin Bello marry three wives?
There are many mysteries in life that may never be unlocked. When death sets in for one or more of the key actors, it gets worse.
One of such mysteries is the precise marital life of Bilyamin Bello, who was allegedly murdered by his wife Maryam Sanda over claims of infidelity.
One wife is known already: Sanda. Who wouldn’t know her when she is the one alleged to have inflicted multiple stab wounds on Bilyamin? But also in the background are two other women.
She is the only known current wife of the late Bilyamin. No controversies about that. They have a six-month-old daughter together.
Sanda, daughter of rejected ICPC board member Maimuna Aliyu, allegedly stabbed her husband in the neck, chest and genitals last week at their home in Maitama, Abuja. She was said to have rushed him to a hospital, where he gave up the ghost.
Fakhriyya Ben-Umar is widely accepted as Bilyamin’s first wife. She was studying in the United Kingdom at the time, but the union was short-lived.
They lasted only a few months before a divorce still believed to have been instigated by Maryam Sanda.
Fakhriyya, who holds a first degree in Chemical Engineering and a second degree in Sustainability Engineering, has since re-married.
This is the controversy. Amina’s status as a “wife” of the deceased began gaining traction on Friday after her viral tribute to Bilyamin, during which she said they “decided to get married”.
“We decided to get married out of pure friendship,” she had specifically written. “How strong was that bond, and when we couldn’t we still found our way back to being friends.”
Amina, whom the ICIR confirmed to be Shehu Shahagri’s granddaughter, has since deleted the Facebook post, which in a way suggests the marriage never held. Perhaps they “decided” to get married but never quite implemented the decision.
So, did Bilyamin marry her or not? Maybe he didn’t; which would mean he only had two wives.
But they could well have been married. As some say, the heart is the first place where a marriage takes place. Maybe she is his main love; and even though he never married her, his two other marriages couldn’t have separated him from her.
It is even possible that they got married secretly, only to the knowledge of only the duo. The mysteries around love are numerous. This particular one may never be resolved.