The hearing of alleged husband killer Maryam Sanda has been adjourned due to her counsel’s ill-health. The court was informed on Tuesday, May 15, that Sanda’s counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), was ill, hence was absent from the hearing.
Although Maryam and three other alleged conspirators of the murder were brought before the FCT High Court on charges of culpable homicide and conspiracy, the case could not hold.bThe alleged conspirators are Sanda’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu; her brother Aliyu Sanda; and her housemate Sadiya Aminu.
Maryam was charged to court in 2017, after she was accused of murdering her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of former chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Haliru Bello-Muhammed, on 19 November, 2016, in their Abuja residence.
During the trial, the prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, informed the court about a letter from the defendant’s counsel, Daudu, on his ill-health. Idachaba did not object the adjournment but prayed the court to award cost against the defendants.
He said his request was resolved considering the three witnesses present in court who traveled from Kaduna state.nNeka-Joan Daudu, who presented the letter on behalf of the counsel, said the circumstances were beyond the principal’s control.
“My principal has always been here from the beginning of this case, his ill-health is an unforeseen circumstance, we urge the court to grant us adjournment,” she pleaded. The other defendants present in court also obliged the appeal.
Justice Yusuf Halilu then said, “I have listened to the oral application of the counsel, human beings naturally take ill.“It is an unforeseen circumstance; this matter is hereby adjourned until June 28 and June 29 for a continuation of hearing.”
Postpone General Elections To Allow Zamfara APC Field Candidates — AGF Tells INEC
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to allow the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State field candidates for the general elections.
Malami, who doubles as the Minister of Justice, made the call in a letter to INEC dated February 13 and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The minister said that INEC could not foreclose the right of a political party to participate in elections without recourse to the Act.
He said: “My office received a petition from the firm of M. A. Mahmud, (SAN) & CO, in respect of the need to urgently consider Sections 38 and 39 of the Electoral Act and extend the time for the APC Zamfara to field a gubernatorial candidate in the light of a Zamfara High Court judgment in suit No.ZMS/GS/52/2018.
“The letter was requesting that the subsisting judgment in the suit be upheld and respected by INEC, as the Court of Appeal has upheld the appeal with No. CA/S/23/2019; thus effectively annulling the grounds upon which the purported cancellation of the APC Primaries in Zamfara by INEC was based.”
Malami in the letter invited INEC to comply with the judgment of the Court of Appeal by admitting the results of the APC Zamfara State primaries.
He also invited INEC to comply with the provisions of Section 38 of the Electoral Act, which empowers the commission to postpone the election for the governorship, National Assembly and House of Assembly elections.
He said this was in view of the fact that since the Court of Appeal had upheld the primaries as valid, the APC in Zamfara State would need a little time to catch up with its contemporaries in the election.
He said: “Granting them this concession is not necessarily a favour but a right that inures to all contestants under similar circumstances.”
The AGF maintained that by the doctrine and principle of judicial precedence, the appeal superseded the Federal High Court’s position which foreclosed APC Zamfara State from fielding candidates in the February and March general elections.
Police Arrest 6 Yahoo Boys With 200 Female Pants In Delta, Says They Work For Native Doctors In Ijebu Ode
The police division in Okpanam community, Delta State has arrested six suspected ritualists with 200 female pants in the area.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Chucks Orisewezie, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, told newsmen in Asaba that they include: Chucks Okolie, Francis Ogbereh, Collins Ederah, Felix Nnamdi, Goodluck John, and Steve Akpokona.
“The suspects were arrested upon intelligence gathered by the police detectives in the bush of Okpanam community where they allegedly packaged the underwears into a sack and were about moving out of the area.
“The police detectives recovered two hundred female pants from the suspects including N120,000, some fetish materials, three cut-to-size guns. “They confessed that they were working for some native doctors in faraway Ijebu Ode in Ogun State”.
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