In November 2017, the police charged Maryam Sanda for culpable homicide and sought a death penalty against the accused on two counts.

On the backdrop of the charge, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sentenced miss Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the sentence on Monday in Abuja while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Missus Sanda.

She was convicted of stabbing late Bilyaminu son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello, with broken bottles to death at about 3:50am

Upon her conviction by the judge, Sanda broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably.

The situation worsened for her after Justice Halilu sentenced her to death, causing a sad atmosphere in the courtroom for sympathisers.

Tearful Sanda was later comforted by her lawyer amid some officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in the courtroom.

Following the judge’s sentence, she was whisked away from the court by NSC officials who were accompanied by security operatives amid wailing friends and family members of Sanda.

Her trial centred on a judicial drama that lasted almost three years due to delays, multiple adjournments, and failure of witnesses to appear in court among others.

The prosecuting team informed the court that the killing was premeditated, but Sanda who was initially remanded in custody has repeatedly pleaded not guilty to the crime.