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Late Osinachi’s husband faces 25 count criminal charges

The Attorney-General of the Federation has filed 23-count charges against Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of late gospel artist, Osinachi.

Initial reports said the 42-year-old was suffering from throat cancer, but her family denies this, claiming she was a victim of domestic abuse.

Her husband and manager, Peter Nwachukwu, a pastor, was arrested by the police on April 11.

Though he has denied all allegations of abuse but he was still charged under sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, as well as Sections 221 of the Penal Code and the Violence Against Persons Act (VAPP).

He is accused of evicting Osinachi from the family home and throwing her from a moving vehicle. and he was said to have restrained his late wife’s movement and locked her in their home.

He is said to have withheld Osinachi’s money, isolating her from family and cruelly beating the children and recording their cries, as well as threatening them and preventing them from reporting the violence against their mother.

Autopsy

Only the police, according to the National Hospital in Abuja, will release the report of the autopsy conducted on late gospel singer which is believed to have been handed over to the DPP.

This will be used to determine the cause of death.

Mrs Yewande Gbola-Awopetun, Head, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Department of Public Prosecution, filed the case in the FCT High Court.

Suspicion on the cause of death

The late gospel singer, died on Friday, April 8 in an Abuja hospital.

Reports of alleged torture by her spouse surfaced after her death.

Family members have continued to claim that she endured violence from her husband throughout the marriage.

Relatives and acquaintances have alleged in interviews and social media posts that they implored Nwachukwu to leave her husband, but she refused, believing it was a sin and insisting that he would change.

Her sister, Favour Made, told the media that, “she felt that God is against divorce”.

“We explained to her that separation is not a sin, but rather a necessity for her survival.”

The accusations surrounding Nwachukwu’s death sparked outrage in Nigeria, prompting discussions about gender violence and the extent to which religious teachings and society beliefs condemn divorce, regardless of the circumstances.

The popular singer will be best remembered for the hit, “Ekwueme,” which she sang alongside Prospa Ochimana.

(7528) Prospa Ochimana – Ekwueme feat. Osinachi (Live Ministration) – YouTube

Footage from one of her final choir performances at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre showed her singing the 2017 gospel hit with her eyes closed and her hand outstretched in prayer.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino, editing by Daniel Adejo and Saadatu Albashir