Three Senior Lawyers Withdraw From Alleged Husband Killer, Maryam Sanda’s Trial

Maryam Sanda

Three senior lawyers who were Maryam Sanda’s defense counsel, have withdrawn from her murder trial. Maryam who allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of former PDP chairman Haliru Bello, to death at their Abuja home, was arrested in November last year.
Maryam Sanda
She was arraigned in court alongside her mother, Maimuna Aliyu, her brother, Aliyu Sanda and one Sadiya, for the murder of Bilyaminu. The three other co-defendants, were accused of assisting her to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime. Joseph B. Daudu (SAN); Rotimi Ogunesan (SAN); A. T. Kehinde (SAN) had been representing Maryam, Aliyu and Maimuna in the trial while Olusegun O. Jolaawo from the chambers of Messrs Ricky Tarfa & co represents Sadiya.

In a notice of withdrawal of counsel filed before the court said to be in “pursuant to Section 492(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015”, Maryam’s counsel asked the court to “Take notice that Mr. J.B. Daudu SAN hereby withdraws appearance as counsel to Maryam Sanda charged as 1st defendant in this case.” The notice was dated September 18 and signed by Daudu. In a similar notice, signed by counsel to the second defendant, Rotimi Ogunesan (SAN) dated September 20, the court was informed of the counsel’s withdrawal from the trial.
Maryam Sanda
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