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BREAKING: Appeal court affirms Maryam Sanda’s death sentence

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The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the death sentence imposed on Maryam Sanda over the death of Bilyamin Mohammed Bello, her husband.

The federal government had arraigned Sanda and three others on a two-count charge bordering on culpable homicide.

She was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 27, 2020, by Yusuf Halilu, the trial judge.

“She should reap what she has sown, for it has been said that ‘thou shall not kill’ and whoever kills in cold blood deserves death as his own reward,” Halilu said.

“Convict also clearly deserves to die, accordingly I hereby sentence Maryam Sanda to death by hanging until she dies.”

Aggrieved by the death sentence, Sanda approached the appellate court, seeking to upturn the judgment.

In a notice of appeal predicated on 20 grounds, the appellant through her legal team described the judgment of the trial court as “a miscarriage of justice”.

She submitted that the judge relied on circumstantial evidence as there was “lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.”

She also submitted the trial judge “erred and misdirected himself by usurping the role of the police when he assumed the duty of an investigating police officer (IPO) as contained in page 76 of his judgment…”

But on Friday, the appellate court upheld the death sentence.

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Kaduna Electricity Disconnects Late President Shagari’s House Over Debt

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Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has disconnected former President Shehu Shagari’s House for the debt of 6 million Naira.

 

BBC Hausa extracted the story from an online media Daily Nigerian citing the Head of corporate communications Kaduna electricity Abdul’Aziz Abdullahi over the disconnection at President Shagari’s House.

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The spokesperson of the distribution company says former President Shagari’s House was given notice before the disconnection.

Sokoto government official who pleaded anonymity said it not just to blame the Sokoto state government for the disconnection

 

 

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KAROTA Intercepts 172 Parcels Of Indian Hemp

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Personnel of Kano Road and Traffic Agency, KAROTA had intercepted a Golf Car conveying parcels of Indian Hemp into the State.

 

The operation which took place around 3:30 AM (Night) hours on Wednesday led to the arrest of the driver along Gwarzo Road while other suspects believed to be the owners of the consignment managed to escape.

 

Preliminary investigation revealed a total of 172 parcels of the Indian Hemp worth N30 Million was being convened into the state.

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The Agency has however handed over the exhibits to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA for further investigation.

 

In a statement by KAROTA’s Public Relations Officer Nabulusi Abubakar Kofar Naisa said the Managing Director, Baffa Babba Dan’agundi calls on the general public to assist the agency with credible information that would lead to the arrest of any person or group of persons who engages in any form of crime in the state especially on the state roads.

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We Will Not Condone Breaching Of Covid-19 Regulations-Kano Govt

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Kano state government has said that the ban it imposed on the activities of viewing and event centres extends to clubs, concerts, street parties and other large social gatherings as part of effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said in a statement that all the restrictions have to be enforced “because safety of our people and their welfare are priorities that cannot be toyed with.”

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He said government would continue to engage all the stakeholders to sensitise the populace on the need to maintain social distancing and collective effort to combat this pandemic.

Malam Garba warned that the state government would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law to bear on any person or organisation caught breaching public health regulations and protocols with regards to the control of the disease.

The commissioner pointed out that security agents have been mandated to ensure full complience without exception.

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