withdrawn from the trial
Mrs Sanda is facing a two-count charge of homicide for the alleged murder of her husband. The deceased was the son of a former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Haliru Bello.
She was arraigned at the court by the Nigeria Police alongside Maimuna Aliyu, her mother; Aliyu Sanda, her brother, and Sadiya Aminu, her housemaid, whom are also accused of conspiracy to murder.
In a notice of withdrawal of counsel filed before the court and signed by Joseph Daudu, said to be in “pursuant to Section 492(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015”, the counsel asked the court to “take notice that Mr. J.B. Daudu (SAN) hereby withdraws appearance as counsel to Maryam Sanda charged as 1st defendant in this case.”
The notice by Mr Daudu, a former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, was dated September 18.
Apart from Mr Daudu, the counsel to Mrs Sanda’s mother, Rotimi Ogunesan, also withdrew from the trial.
Mr Ogunesan, in a separate letter dated September 20, informed the court of his withdrawal from the trial.
The trial which was scheduled to resume on Thursday is not expected to proceed as planned as the remaining legal team for the defendants (from the Chambers of Ricky Tarfa & co) had written to the court registrar to apply for “a vacation of the scheduled date of October 4 and for an adjournment.”