The Police has told the Court of Appeal in Abuja to uphold the death sentence imposed on Maryam Sanda by an Abuja High Court for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.
Responding to the appeal by Sanda’s legal team, the police submitted that the trial court was right in finding Sanda guilty of willfully killing her husband in cold blood.
According to the police counsel, James Idachaba, the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, properly evaluated the evidence before him in reaching the decision to find Sanda guilty and impose the punishment as provided by statute.
He argued that to set aside the decision of the trial court would amount to giving an incentive to an angry and unhappy spouse to take the life of their partner at will.
Idachaba said the pronounced judgement was to serve as a lesson to others who wish to commit the crime of culpable homicide, adding that a reversal of the judgment of the trial court would surely defeat the purpose of the law.
Sanda was found guilty of taking her husband’s life and therefore deserving of the death penalty imposed on her.
He described Sanda’s appeal as baseless, frivolous and lacking in merit, praying the Court of Appeal to dismiss it with a cost.