Maryam Sanda was sentenced to death by hanging by an FCT high court sitting in Maitama Abuja for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bella, Son of Mr. Haliru Bella, Former National Chairman of people Democratic Party (PDP) ,
She fled the dock immediately the judge convicted her. However, court officials and prisons officials dragged her back into the dock.
After the judgement, Maryam started wailing and shouting “Inna lilahi Inna roji hun”, as her family and lawyer try to console her. She was heard saying, “I was fasting and praying … Ya Allah, why?”
Sanda had on November 19, 2017 stabbed her husband to death following an allegation of infidelity against him after seeing a text message on his phone.
Later in the month, the police charged her for culpable homicide and sought a death penalty against her on two counts. .
They informed the court that the killing was premeditated. According to the charge sheet, Sanda stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50am.