Three-month pregnant Maryam Sanda begs court for bail

*Maryam, her late husband, Bilyaminu

Maryam Sanda, who is accused of killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, today begged an Abuja High Court sitting at Jabi, to grant her bail because she was three months pregnant.

Sanda, who was remanded in the Suleja prison, Niger State in November 2017, was alleged to have stabbed to death Bilyaminu, son of the erstwhile chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Haliru Bello.

She was arraigned on an amendment charge before the court alongside her mother, Mrs. Maimuna Aliyu, her brother, Aliyu and one Sadiya Aminu for culpable homicide and conspiracy.

At the resumed hearing, Sanda told the court through her counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN) that she was three months old pregnant, hence, bail was necessary.

Daudu told the court that a new application praying for the bail of the defendant was filed on January 26.

“We have disclosed 16 grounds on which the application is premise, it is supported by 19 paragraph affidavit and written address.

“’We have attached exhibit particularly exhibit A, the medical report, confirming the present position of the defendant, we rely on all the documents,” he said.

He said that an applicant could bring an application at any point in time provided there was a condition surrounding such an application

According to Daudu, the new intervening fact is that the applicant was three months pregnant and that a test has been carried out to confirm the pregnancy.

He argued that it was not proper for a pregnant woman to be standing trial while in incarceration.

Daudu assured the court that if granted bail, his client would attend her trial.

“Apart from the issue of blood pressure, issue of dizziness, pregnancy is a thing that comes with complicated issue.

“I have not seen any reference in my own experience where a woman who is pregnant is denied bail, the court should use it discretion and grant the defendant bail in the overall interest of justice,” Daudu stressed.

According to Daudu,there is no way hearing can go on on the matter when there is no proper charge before the court and that the charge before the court is based on the information the prosecution gathered.

He added that this matter has not been sent to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice and that there was need for that before could proceed.



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