The High Court sitting of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja has ordered that Maryam Sanda be remanded in Suleja prisons after she pleaded not guilty to the two-count murder charge filed against her by the Police.
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command had earlier today arraigned Mrs. Sanda for allegedly killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, a son of former People’s Democratic Party Chairman on November 19.
Maryam, who had been in police custody since her arrest, was seen in tears, holding the Qu’ran and her 6-months old baby as she made her way to the courtroom, covering her face from the media.
She was arraigned on charges bordering on culpable homicide, which is punishable by death under section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
Sanda was alleged to have stabbed the deceased in the chest with a broken bottle.
She was also accused of causing Bello “grievous hurt” by stabbing him on the neck, an act said to be contrary to section 240 (g) and punishable under section 247 of the Penal Code Law.
She however pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
Her counsel Hussein Musa pleaded that she should be remanded in police custody as she’s a nursing mother.
However, the presiding judge, Yusuf Halilu, ruled that she be remanded in Suleja prisons and subsequently adjourned the case to December 7, for further hearing.
“It is not proper to send the defendant back to the custody of the prosecution once arraignment has been done,” the judge added.