22 November 2017
Maryam Sanda, the wife of Bilyaminu Haliru Bello, son of Dr. Mohammed Haliru Bello, a former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her husband to death, the Nigeria Police have confirmed.
Police Public Relations Officer, DPS Anjuguri Manzah, in a chat with newsmen said that the suspect was arrested on Sunday morning. He said that she would be charged to court after investigations have been concluded.
The police have assured that the investigation which was being handled by its homicide department would be concluded soon and justice served.
The victim, Bilyaminu, 35, has been buried according to Islamic rites in Abuja, after prayers at the National Mosque.
Maryam is the daughter of Maimuna Aliyu, a former Aso Saving Bank executive.
According to reports, Maryam allegedly killed her husband in the wee hours of Sunday morning by stabbing him several times.
Multiple reports said she attacked her husband based on allegations of infidelity after seeing a text message on his phone.
Maryam was said to have stabbed Bello, who would have turned 36 on November 23, thrice in the back. She also reportedly stabbed him several times in his genitals.
After stabbing him, she drove him to the hospital for treatment but he did not survive the attack.
Anjuri Manza, spokesman of the FCT police command, confirmed the murder: “We are investigating the matter.”
According to reports, it was not the first time Maryam would attack Bilyaminu violently.
She once bit off part of his ear during an argument. Bello was treated at a hospital before returning home. Some reports said he was advised to leave the house but he refused, only to be brutally attacked the second time.
The couple had a daughter together.
Bilyaminu’s father was the acting chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees from 2015-2016, Minister of Defence from 2011-2012, and Minister of Communications from 2001-2003.