Barely a month after the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, sentenced a housewife, Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, the Kano state high court on Friday, February 21, 2020, sentenced another housewife, Rashida Saidu, to death by hanging for committing the same crime.
Recall that Maryam Sanda stabbed her husband to death with a broken bottle in Abuja on November 19, 2017, for allegedly cheating on her. She was then sentenced to death by hanging on January 27, 2020. She has, however, taken the case to the appeal court seeking for the judgement to be overturned.
In the case of Rashida Saidu, she reportedly pushed her 56-year-old husband, Dr Adamu Ali, to his death while having a heated argument in their residence in Dorayi Quarters, Kano State, in early 2019.
In one of the court proceedings, the prosecution Counsel, Mariam Jilbrin, told the court that Dr Adamu who was a staff of the Federal College of Education, Kano, died after Rashida Saidu pushed him down from a storey building while engaging in a fistfight. However, just like Sanda, Saidu pleaded not guilty to the allegation.
Though four witnesses testified in favour of the prosecuting counsel, Saidu’s counsel, Illiya Dauda, produced two witnesses to counter the allegation that Saidu was the cause of her husband death.
However, the testimonies of the two witnesses were not enough to convince the presiding judge, Justice Badamasi who said the prosecuting counsel had proven the case beyond any reasonable doubt. Hence, Rashida Saidu was sentenced to death by hanging.
Also, just like Maryam Sanda, Saidu has less than two months to appeal the judgement or face her sentence when assented to by the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.