Domestic violence: Group demans justice for late Bilyamin as court remands Sanda

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A non-governmental organisation, Attitude and Character Change Initiative (ACCHI), Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to discharge justice in the case of Bilyamin Muhammed Bello, who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam Sanda recently.

Late Bilyamin Bello and his enstranged wife Sanda

Late Bilyamin Bello and his estranged wife Sanda

The founder of ACCHI, Mrs Saada Baba Mohammed, made this charge in a press statement on Friday in Lagos.

The Renaissance reports that late Bilyamin Bello was the son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Partry (PDP), Alhaji Mohammed Bello.

Mrs Saada Mohammed described Maryam’s action as un-Islamic noting that the idea of killing her spouse was not part of the Northern culture.

She said Maryam could have averted the scenarios that culminated in the tragedy.

She added that it was absolutely wrong for the wife of the deceased to have taken laws into her own hands, urging the womenfolk to do everything possible to avoid this attitude.

“You do not make life so, you cannot take it. Not even a believer killing a believer. Nothing taking the life of a non-Muslim. Life is too sacred. We cannot afford to cause mischief in the land, Mohammed said.

She added that one of the ways to address such matter was for Maryam to engage their parents or guardians as regard the development.

“There is no wrong whatsoever in briefing his (Bilyamin) parents and make a decision to either stay or opt out of the marriage.

“Another thing she could have done was to sit her husband down and counsel him and probably give him her terms and conditions to decide if he wanted her to return home.

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“That’s logical and rational enough for a woman.

“There are sanctions in Islam. if he really wants you, he would come back for you then he would adjust if he so wants you to live with him.

“It is not a misnormal to marry two wives, especially in the North because it is permitted in Islam.

“Most of our prominent former head of states did marry two wives. Did she (Maryam) not know all these?  Where did she put her head? Was she not groomed?

“It’s only that men too have been very responsible and committed to their wives and live with her with mercy and trust.

“For both parties, you’ve got to meet the requirements and be prepared for it. There is no gain in being violent or better still just opt out if you cannot take it,” the statement further read.

ACCHI founder added that Islam has prescribed how to ask for Justice saying “they should come out if they want justice and if they also want to forgive for the sake of Allah which is also stated in the Qur’an and Shariah, so be it.

Mohammed commiserated with the family, friends and associates of the deceased in this difficult times.

Meanwhile, an Abuja high court on Friday remanded Mrs Sander in Suleja prisons for the alleged murder of her husband.

The FCT command of the Nigerian Police had on Monday filed two counts of culpable homicide against her, to which she pleaded not guilty.

The police said the alleged killing was premeditated, and as such, they would be seeking a death penalty, should the accused be found guilty.

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Attempts by Maryam’s lawyer to ask for bail orally or alternatively allow her to remain in police custody was turned down by Justice Yusuf Halilu.

Subsequently, the trial was adjourned until Dec. 7, 2017.

Bilyamin was allegedly killed in his Maitama home in Abuja on Saturday night by his wife who is the daughter of Maimuna Aliyu, a former Aso Saving Bank executive.

Reports say Maryam allegedly stabbed him several times based on allegations of infidelity after seeing a text message on his phone.

He was later rushed to the hospital where he eventually died.

The couple had a daughter together.

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