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Murder Of Ex-PDP Chairman’s Son: Why Court Released Maryam Sanda On Bail

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Maryam Sanda and her late husband

The reason why the court released Maryam Sanda accused of allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, son of former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to death has been revealed.

Recall that an Abuja High Court sitting at Jabi, on Wednesday, granted bail to Maryam Sanda who had earlier been remanded in prison custody.

Trial Justice Yusuf Halilu who had on three previous occasions, dismissed applications that sought to release the defendant from prison pending the determination of the murder charge against her, said he was persuaded by fresh facts that emerged in the case, to change his mind.

According to Vanguard, the judge predicated his decision on a medical report he said indicated that Maryam had a critical health challenge that could not be effectively handled by the prison authorities.

Justice Halilu said the court was satisfied that the defendant was not only pregnant, but also asthmatic. He noted that the Nigerian Police Force which is prosecuting the case, was unable to disprove the claim that facilities inside the prison could not take care of Maryam’s health challenges.

Consequently, the court ordered the defendant to provide two sureties who it said must deposit the title deed of their landed properties in Abuja.

The court further directed that Maryam’s father must enter an undertaking to always provide her in court all through the trial. The case was subsequently adjourned till March 19 for trial.

In the charge marked CR/15/17 which Police filed pursuant to section 109(d) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Maryam was accused of stabbing her husband to death with a broken bottle on November 19 at their Abuja residence.

The prosecution told the court that Bilyamin died as a result of several stabs on his chest and neck.

Police maintained that the defendant attacked her husband with the knowledge that her act was likely to cause his death.

She was equally charged with the offence of “causing grievious hurt”, contrary to section 247 of the Penal Code Law.

The late Bilyaminu who is a real estate developer, was the son of ex-PDP Chairman, Mr. Mohammed Bello Haliru.

However, Maryam pleaded not giulty to the charge, even as she begged the court shortly after her arraignment to release her on bail pending the trial, a request that was refused.

Police later amended the charge and added Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu, her brother, Aliyu Sanda and one Sadiya Aminu, as co-defendant in the matter.

The prosecution alleged that Maryam’s family members attempted to destroy evidence that linked her to the murder.

It alleged that upon realizing that an offence of culpable homicide was committed, the other defendants,”did caused evidence of the offence to dissappear”.

It said the other defendants had carefully cleaned the blood from the scene of the crime with the intention of screening the 1st defendant, Maryam from legal punishment.

According to the prosecution, the three persons involved in the scrubbing-off of murdered Bilyamin’s blood, by their action, committed an offence punishable under section 167 of the Penal Code Law.

The court granted Maryam’s co-defendants bail after they produced two surties each and surrendered their all their travelling documents.

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Woman detained for 6days for violating curfew in Lagos (Video)

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Woman detained for 6days for violating curfew in Lagos (Video)

A Nigerian woman has cried out over the harsh treatment she and other women received in the hands of policemen.

She opened up in an interview with The PUNCH. Speaking bitterly, she said she was going to buy ingredients for soup when she was arrested. The mother of four said she was not aware that there was a curfew.

She was arrested with seven other women of which two were of the Hausa tribe. She said they let the Hausa people go when they spoke their language. She said her family doesn’t know her whereabouts as she has been treatment harshly for 6days. “They only gave us water and I use the money for soup to but rice for me and some other people”, she said.

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Hours after jailbreak, Edo prisoner kills neighbour who testified against him in court

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Hours after jailbreak, Edo prisoner kills neighbour who testified against him in court

One of the inmates who escaped from prisons Oko and Benin prisons in Edo state has committed killed the neighbour who testified against him in court.

 

 

Information Nigeria gathered that the suspect has been rearrested.

This was disclosed by the Edo state Commissioner, who revealed that the inmates who escaped inmates immediately returned to crime and were re-arrested by the police.

He said: “We have commenced actions against the criminal elements. It will interest you to know that 10 of the criminal elements who escaped from Oko Correctional Centre on Airport Road, Benin and the Correctional Centre on Sapele Road, Benin were also arrested,” he said.

“One of them, after having escaped from Oko correctional centre, ran back to his village on the same day, to kill the person who stood as a prosecution witness in the case that took him to the correctional centre. He has been arrested and he is among the suspects.

“Another group of three escapees from the correctional centre in Benin also went ahead to snatch a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Three of them met at the correctional centre and they were caught by the police.

“A set of two escapees equally stole a Toyota Camry car. They also met at the correctional centre. They were arrested by Okada Division of Edo State Police Command. We have a total of ten escapees.

“The guns were also recovered from the criminal elements.”

He assured the people of the state that the police “have the capacity to provide adequate security for their lives and property”

” We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that there is total safety. Edo residents should go about their lawful businesses without fear of being molested and without fear of criminals coming to wreck violent attacks,” he said.

The commissioner also said five AK-47 rifles; two locally-made exhibit guns; one locally-made gun; one Lexus 330 SUV with registration number KWL 205 AZ; one Toyota Camry saloon car with registration number LSD 231 GD; two bags of 50kg and one bag of 25kg rice and 24 crates of assorted drinks were recovered.

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Desmond Elliot Acting For His Political Godfathers: Reno Omokri

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Desmond Elliot Acting For His Political Godfathers: Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, a PDP chieftain has knocked Lagos legislator, Desmond Elliot for backing calls for social media regulation.

 

Omokri said Elliot was acting for his political godfathers to see his loyalty.

He wrote;

“Desmond Elliott was acting for his political godfathers to see his loyalty. He is ambitious. He does not believe what he said. He believed he was writing a promotion exam. And he felt that the person that would grade his paper is Bola Tinubu. But Nigeria has changed. Power has shifted to the people.

Even Bola Tinubu himself can’t recover from the effects of the last two weeks. Desmond Elliot expects someone who can’t save himself to save him. Alas, he unwisely chose to be the proverbial fly that followed the corpse into the grave. Tinubu is now a political corpse.

He once had the Midas Touch. But now, all that Tinubu has left is the Leprous Touch! Desmond incurred the wrath of forces more powerful than his godfathers, and they may sacrifice him to appease that force”

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