Expert urges couples to show restraint in ironing out differences

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By Dada Ahmed


A family counsellor, Mrs Felicia Olawumi, has advised couples, particular the wives ,to always exercise restraint in ironing out their differences in the interest of peace and stability in the family.


She gave the advice in Lokoja while reacting to the death sentence handed down to Maryam Sanda, by a court in Abuja, for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello in 2017.


Olawumi, who spoke with a correspondent of Duaglobalnews, also called on them to be closer to God through ceaseless prayer, to avoid unpalatable development in their homes.


“Perhaps, if Maryam had taken into consideration the need to exercise patience, had heart of over looking some weaknesses in her husband and employ dialogue, she wouldn’t have killed him.


“But because she was hot tempered, she killed her husband she accused of some wrong doing and now, she has to pay with her life for unrestrained behaviour,”he said.


The expert said that since humans had their strong and weak points in life, it became imperative therefore for couples to find a middle level mechanidm in resolving issues and and let peace be the decisive factor in their marital life.


“Nobody is perfect in life because we are mortals, therefore, we need to reason with one other and avoid taking step that will bring problem to the family and the society in general,”she added.


Duaglobalnews recalls that the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has found Sanda guilty of killing her husband and consequently sentenced her to death by hanging by the judge.


The police had earlier charged Sanda for culpable homicide in November 2017 and sought the death penalty against her,base on in a two-count charge.


Bello was the son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Haliru Bello.

Justice Yusuf Halilu held that there was compelling evidence to convict the accused.

According to him, Sanda’s statement that her husband fell on a broken Shisha pot during a fight on the ill-fated day holds no water, describing it as a “smokescreen to deceive the court.”

He said the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Sanda stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife with intent to ” kill”.

There was a mild drama when the attempted to run out of the court immediately the court pronounced the judgement on her.


Her relatives present in the court joined shouting and causing uneasy calm, apparently in an attempt to draw public sympathy.

The court consequently went on a short break for the restoration of calm before the judge pronounced the sentence on the convict.

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