- Ibrahim Mohammed, a friend to the deceased Bilyamin Bello, murdered by his wife Maryam Sanda, has given new revelation about the incident
- Mohammed said that before the night of the murder, Sanda had made several attempts at killing her husband
- The presiding judge, Yusuf Halilu has adjourned the case to Tuesday, May 15
A witness, Ibrahim Mohammed, has narrated how Maryam Sanda made several attempt at stabbing her husband before his eventual murder.
Sanda is presently being tried for the alleged murder of Bilyamin Bello, who was her husband and son of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Bello Haliru, Premium Times reports.
The witness said he was with the deceased for over eight hours, the night before his death; and witnessed several attempts by the first defendant, Sanda, to kill him.
According to Mohammed, a friend of Bilayamin, Sanda asked her husband for divorce and appeared bent on getting it that night.
The witness said she threatened several times to chop off his private part if he declined to give her freedom from their marriage.
Mohammed told the court that while he was watching television with the deceased at the couple’s residence that fateful day, he heard Sanda calling her husband from upstairs.
He revealed: “He went to meet her, but soon returned to the sitting room. I enquired to know what was happening and asked them to stop fighting. The first defendant asked me to tell her husband to divorce her, but I asked her to take things calm. She said she was not going anywhere until he divorced her.”
“She came straight at Bilyamin to stab him. I held her hands and Bilyamin went behind her and collected the broken bottle from her hands and went downstairs. I closed the door and continued to advise Maryam that they should stop fighting.
“She said she would not stop until Bilyamin divorced her that night; that either he divorced her or she would cut his private part."
At that point, the witness said he tried to make a number of calls. When one of those whom he called arrived the house, Mohammed said he went with the deceased to treat the injury sustained from a bite inflicted upon him by Sanda.
They later returned to the house and were subsequently joined by a third person who chatted briefly with them at the sitting room.
Mohammed said: “When we returned, the first defendant was not at home. She later returned and started playing with the baby."
So as not to be seen as coming in-between the couples, the visitors decide to leave, the witness narrated. While leaving, Mohammed said he narrated what happened before his arrival to his friend who wondered why they left the house, given the violence between the couple.
Mohammed said they made further attempts to call the deceased on phone, without success. He added that he later received a call from Bilyamin’s brother that Bilyamin had been killed.
At the cross-examination, Mohammed revealed to the court that the deceased was not badly injured before he left the house. He also said although Sanda threatened to cut off her husband’s private part, she did not actually threatened to kill him.
After the testimony of Mohammed, the presiding trial judge, Yusuf Halilu, adjourned the case to Tuesday, May 15.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that encomiums were poured on Bello by his friends and family. NAIJ.com gathered that the mourners who appeared in black tops converged at the deceased’s house on Thursday, November 23, in Abuja, in their numbers.
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