NEWS DIGEST–The absence of the trial judge yesterday stalled the ongoing murder trial of Maryam Sanda, accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello. Maryam, who was accused by the police of causing the death of Bello, son of a former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad was docked alongside her brother, Aliyu Sanda, her mother, Maimuna Aliyu and one Sadiya, who were accused of assisting her to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.
They pleaded not guilty. Following the presentation of three additional witnesses against the defendants at the last sitting, the court had adjourned the matter to November 26 for continuation of hearing. However, while all the parties in the case came to court yesterday, the court did not sit for the day’s proceedings.
It was gathered that the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu was away on an assignment at the Kuje Prisons where he was said to have gone to represent the Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice Ishaq Bello. The trial was subsequently adjourned to November 28 for continuation of hearing where the police are expected to present additional witnesses in proving the guilt of the defendants.