Alleged husband killer, Maryam Sanda, is pregnant

Maryam Sanda who is standing trial for allegedly killing her husband Bilyamin Bello is three months pregnant.

 Counsel to Maryam Joseph Daudu revealed to the court on Monday that a medical report which was attached to an application for bail dated January 25th, 2018, shows that the defendant is three months pregnant.

Daudu said his defendant is experiencing issues with blood pressure, dizziness and other complications associated with pregnancy and “should not be made to continue the trial in prison while developing the pregnancy”. In his prayer, he urged the court to grant bail to Maryam, and assured the court that “she (Maryam) would be made to attend the trial on all the adjourned dates”.

Plaintiff counsel, James Idachaba in his response to the application for bail filed by defence counsel, said they have filled a counter application urging the court to dismiss the bail request. He said the facts presented before the court is not sufficient adding that pregnancy is not an exceptional reason for the defendant to be granted bail.

Daudu (SAN) further added that the trial ought to have commenced with a First Information Report, not by mere charge. Citing section 104 of Penal Code, Mr Daudu also said the consent of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, should have been sought before the charge was filed.

Mr Idachaba countered the argument of the defence counsel saying that section 221 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act makes it clear that he (Daudu) cannot raise that objection after the commencement of trial.

Defence counsel also drew the courts attention to the fact that  Mr Simon Okoh who is a police inspector and a prosecution witness in the case, has no written statement. However, Mr Idachaba said that “an investigative police officer cannot be subjected to a written statement. He can only come to tell the court his findings”

Justice Yusuf Halilu has adjourned the matter till February 7th to rule on whether or not Maryam will be granted bail

The court had on November 24, 2017, remanded Maryam in prison after she was arraigned on a two-count charge of culpable homicide. Her mother Maimuna Aliyu and brother Aliyu Sanda are also being tried alongside Maryam for allegedly tampering with evidence at the scene of the murder.

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