The Nigerian Police Force on Thursday arraigned Maryam Sanda; her mother, Maimuna Aliyu; her brother, Aliyu Sanda; and a fourth defendant, Sadiya Aminu for murder of former Peoples Democratic Party chairman’s son, Channels News reports.
Sanda, mother of one was accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, over allegations of infidelity. Sanda and Bilyaminu had been married for two years, before the incident occurred in November.
On Thursday, Mrs. Sanda’s mother, Maimuna, who is also facing a separate charge of fraud, was arraigned with her daughter along side two others.
They are standing trial on two counts of culpable homicide and tampering with the scene of crime, to which they all entered a not guilty plea.
Subsequently, their counsel, Mr Joseph Daudu, requested for bail, with a medical report attached to the application, noting that the court should consider the fact that Sanda is a nursing mother.
For the other defendants, Mr Daudu also argued that the offence for which they are standing trial is bailable.
The prosecutor, however, relied on his counter-affidavit to ask the court to deny bail. Mr Jacob Idachaba argued that while he sympathizes with the baby, it is not sufficient reason to ask for bail.
As for the other three defendants, he argued that they ought to be in prison custody pending the determination of their trial, but however, left the bail decision to the discretion of the court.
Mrs. Sanda was covered in a blue veil, with her face bent down while the charges were read.
Ruling has been adjourned to 3:00 pm.