Maryam Sanda’s Trial Adjourns To Oct.24, As Three Counsels Withdraw

The trial of Maryam Sanda on the alleged killing of her husband, Bilyamin Bello on Thursday was adjourned to October 24 due to the withdrawal of three senior lawyers in her defence team.

Maryam, who is facing a murder trial over causing the death of Bello, son of former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad was arraigned together with 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.

During  the resumed hearing on Thursday, Lawyer to the 4th defendant, Olusegun O. Jolaawo informed the court about the withdrawals of the other defence counsels.

Daily Trust had exclusively reported on Wednesday that Chief Joseph Daudu (SAN), Rotimi Ogunesan (SAN) and A.T. Kehinde (SAN) who had been representing Maryam, Aliyu and Maimuna had filed notices of withdrawal of representation before the court.

Jolaawo thereafter, told the court that in view of the development; his chambers had been briefed to take up the representation of the other three defendants in addition to that of the 4th defendant.

The Counsel urged the court to adjourn the matter to allow him to receive proper briefing from his clients.

He also pleaded for adjournment on the strength that the first defendant, Maryam (who was absent in court) was recently delivered of a baby and was not yet strong enough to stand her trial.

The application for adjournment was not objected to by the prosecution counsel, CSP James Idachaba.

The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, in granting the application, noted that although the matter is a criminal matter, there are situations that call for special consideration.

The judge therefore adjourned the case to October 24 for continuation of hearing,”.