The Court of Appeal in Abuja, has upheld the conviction and death sentence that was handed to Maryam Sanda for the killing of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.
Early this year, Maryam Sanda filed an appeal against the death sentence handed by a Federal High Court in Abuja, she asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to set aside the verdict and acquit her as the death sentence was “tainted by bias and prejudices.”
Maryam in her appeal alleged that she wasn’t given a fair hearing and was convicted on circumstantial evidence by the trial judge who reportedly failed to rule on her preliminary objection, challenging the charge preferred against her.
The appellate court, in a unanimous judgement by a three-man panel of Justices led by Justice Stephen Adah, said it found no reason to set aside the verdict of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, which okayed Maryam to die by hanging.
It held that the 20 grounds of appeal Maryam filed to challenge her conviction and sentence lacked merit and deserved to be dismissed.