Justice may have been served on one Maryam Sanda after a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on Monday convicted and sentenced her to death by hanging for the death of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.
Justice Yusuf Halilu made the declaration while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Sanda on Monday in the nation’s capital.
Sanda is facing trial over allegation of stabbing the late Bilyaminu to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello.
In November 2017, the police charged Sanda with culpable homicide and sought a death penalty against the accused on two counts.
They informed the court that the killing was premeditated.
Sanda, according to the charge sheet was said to have stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50am.
She has repeatedly pleaded not guilty to the crime and was initially remanded in custody.
Her trial centred on a judicial drama that lasted almost three years due to delays, multiple adjournments, and failure of witnesses to appear in court among others.
The judge ordered that she should be remanded in Suleja prison till she exhausts her right of appeal.
Sanda, the mother of two, her mother and her other relatives broke down in tears immediately the judge pronounced her guilt.
Her mother who was occupying a back seat sped out of the court as she wept.
Sanda herself, while crying rushed out of the courtroom which was next to the dock but the judge ordered that she should be brought back to the courtroom.
In the middle of the confusion, the defence lawyer attempted to make a plea for allocutus (plea for mercy) but the judge said he needed to rise for the courtroom to be restored to normalcy.
“It has been said that thous shall not kill. Whoever kills in cold blood shall die in cold blood,” the judge said.
“Maryam Sanda should reap what she has sown,” he said, adding, “it is blood for blood”.