The absence of prosecution witness on Monday stalled the continuation of trial in the alleged murder case filed against Maryam Sanda, and three others before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court, Jabi.
The other defendants are: Mrs Maimuna Aliyu, Maryam’s mother, Aliyu Sanda, the brother and Sadiya Aminu, the housemaid.
The other three defendants were accused of aiding Maryam in carrying out the alleged murder of Bilyaminu Bello, the son of a former PDP Chairman, Mr Haliru Bello, on Nov. 19, 2017.
Justice Halilu adjourned for continuation of trial until April 19 and April 20, at the instance of the prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba.
Idachaba informed the court that the witness he intended to present could no longer be sighted.
Idachaba said that the prosecution came to court with two witnesses, and that the witness he intended to start with was nowhere to be found.
He urged the court to disregard the submission of the defence counsel, Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN), urging the court to dismiss the murder charge against the defendants.
“We are in total opposition of the application to dismiss the charge against the defendants, we have filed a 22-paragraph affidavit, the application by the defence counsel to dismiss the charge against the defendants should be dismissed.
“The submission that the charge against the defendants is incompetent is totally misconceived.
“Plea had already been taken, we urge the court to dismiss that relief and refuse granting the prayers,’’ Idachaba said.