The Police in Abuja has formally filed a murder charge against Maryam Sanda, the wife who allegedly killed her husband, son of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Bello Haliru, Bilyaminu.
Bilyaminu was allegedly knived by his wife after a disagreement over text messages from other women, especially a female banker. He died in the hospital.
But following rumours of a planned cover-up, the Police in Abuja issued a statement detailing developments in the investigations.
“As a result of rumour and insinuation going round in the public domain, the FCT Police Command wishes to avail the Media and members of the public with the following facts on the on-going investigation of the suspected murder of Bilyaminu Bello Haliru which occurred on 19th November, 2017 at about 0350hrs in his residence No. 4 Pakali Close Wuse 2:-
i. The Command has secured a remand order for two weeks from the FCT High Court in respect of the suspect Maryam Sanda pending the completion of investigation and also because the suspect has a six months old baby which make it difficult to remand her in prison custody with the child.
ii. The case has been assigned to FCT High Court No. 32 Jabi FCT Abuja for trial by the Chief Judge of FCT and charges have been filed.
iii. The suspect has been charged with the offence of Culpable Homicide punishable under section 221 of the Penal Code. It should also be noted that this present charge is as a result of preliminary findings; at the end of investigation additional findings will determine whether the current charge will be amended or whether other persons will be charged along with the suspect.
iv. To assist the police with its ongoing investigation, some persons have been invited for questioning on the matter.
v. Investigation on the case is still on-going and the public will kept abreast of any further development.
“Sequel to the aforementioned facts on the current status of the case, the Command wishes to assure members of the public that investigation will be carried out professionally however the media are also advised to always verify information at their disposal before going to press.”
A friend of late Bilyaminu, Habib Gaiam, had a day after his death told of the circumstances leading to his death on his twitter handle.
”Today I witnessed the most wicked and shameful display of arrogance in Bilyaminu’s death case. At about 9 to 10pm last night, tension started to build (up) between Bilyaminu and his wife, Maryam at his residence.
”Maryam demanded a divorce with the threat of cutting off his manhood. Ibrahim Aliero, Bilyaminu’s friend (at whose instance the drama started) intervened four times to stop Maryam from stabbing her husband.
“Ibrahim called Auta (Maryam’s uncle) and Abba (bilyaminu’s cousin) who had left the house moments before the drama started to come and intervene.
”After a short calm, Maryam broke a bottle of groundnut and attempted to stab Bilyaminu, again, but this time he held both her hands and struggled to take the bottle from her, injuring himself in the process, unrelenting and wild, she bit his finger.
”Uncle Auta had arrived this time to calm the situation. They both committed to Uncle Auta to let go of the grievances (at least for the night) After the situation had become calm, Bilyaminu and his friend went to the Pharmacy to get his hand treated from the bite he sustained from Maryam.
”They later went to the ATM and made a withdrawal to pay up the balance of a spare part for Maryam’s crashed car. By 11pm, Bilyaminu and Ibrahim had gone back to a calm home. Abba (Bilyaminu’s cousin) joined them in the living room.
”They stayed till almost midnight and decided to call it a night. When Bilyaminu was seeing them off, he told Ibrahim that “I don’t want to go back until she’s asleep. They called it a day. Abba and Ibrahim left.
”At around 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, family members were summoned to Maitama Hospital, where Bilyaminu was laying in a pool of his blood with multiple stabs on his chest, shoulder, a deep cut on his inner thigh, and many bite wounds on his stomach.
”Maryam had confessed to stabbing him to the hospital authorities. Maitama Police Station was the next point of call. At Maitama Station where Maryam was asked to write her statement, story changed.
“She claimed they got involved in a fight and Bilyaminu sustained injuries from a broken shisha pot that she never stabbed or hit him.
“She was later taken to the FCT command in Garki II for further investigation. The police commissioner instructed that the crime scene should be visited. To the amazement of Abba (Bilyaminu’s cousin) and Ibrahim (his friend) who are key witnesses in the investigation., blood stains had been mopped up, murder weapon disappeared, but flower vases and shisha pot were broken to corroborate Maryam’s earlier statement at the station. In the midst of this tragedy and confusion, Maryam had the audacity and courage to change her story.
”More disgusting is her lack of remorse and respect for the victim’s family. Someone who divorced his first wife to to be with you doesn’t deserve this. #JusticeForBilyaminu SHALL be served by the Almighty Allah on the day of resurrection.
“May Allah grant Bilyaminu Jannah and bless the life of his 8 months old daughter Sa’adatu.”