Maryam Sanda, daughter of ex-Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans, Hajia Maimuna Aliyu, who is facing murder trial for allegedly killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, late son of former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Mohammed Bello Haliru, has told the court that she is three month pregnant for the deceased.
The mother-of-one in the heat of passion allegedly stabbed Bello to death at their residence on November 19, during a fight between the couple at their Abuja residence.
She was charged with murder while her brother, Aliyu, their mother, Maimuna and one Sadiya were charged with evidence tampering following allegation that they assisted her to clean the blood of Bilyamin from the crime scene with the aim of perverting the course of justice.
On Monday, the court heard from the accused that she was three months pregnant for her alleged victim and asked the trial Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Abuja High Court sitting at Jabi to reconsider an earlier application she filed to be released on bail pending the determination of the murder charge against her.
Lawyer Joseph Daudu, SAN, urged the court to grant his client(Maryam) bail on compassion grounds saying she said would require proper medical attention at this early stage of her pregnancy.
The lawyer also raised objections against the competence of the charge which he said ought to have been commenced with a First Information Report, FIR, as envisaged under the Penal Code.
The defence lawyer further contended that the Nigerian Police Force failed to secure the consent of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, before it filed the charge.
Meantime, Justice Halilu adjourned the matter till Wednesday to decide whether or not the defendant should be released on bail based on her pregnancy claim.