The Nigerian government has launched legal action against the deceased gospel singer Osinachi Nwachuku’s spouse.
Peter Nwachukwu was charged with murder in violation of section 221 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by death.
According to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2015, he was charged.
Mrs. Yewande Gbola-Awopetu, Head of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation at the Ministry of Justice, filed the complaint against Peter Nwachukwu on May 20, 2022.
The gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu died on April 8 in an Abuja hospital.
After her passing, there were rumors that she had died of cancer; however, her family promptly refuted these accusations.
In an interview with Vanguard Nigeria, the deceased singer’s older sister stated that Osinachi died from a blood clot in her chest after being kicked in that area by her husband, Mr. Peter Nwachukwu.
She said that her sister had been repeatedly assaulted by her sister’s husband.
During police inquiries, the spouse of the deceased gospel singer denied having any involvement in her death.
Mr. Nwachukwu informed the Police that his wife has been ill since November of 2021. He was subsequently detained and has been aiding with investigations since then.
The National Hospital performed an autopsy to ascertain the reason of the singer’s demise. The police were given the report, but the findings were not made public.
Mr. Nwachukwu was charged one month after the hospital finalized the postmortem report.
The Federal Government (FG) stated that Mr. Nwachukwu robbed the decedent of her personal liberty and restricted her movement by confining her within the residence.
FG also accused him of emotionally, verbally, and psychologically abusing Osinachi.
Investigations revealed, according to FG, that the defendant denied Osinachi access to her money for medicine and home essentials, forcing her to beg and borrow.
They claimed that Osinachi’s spouse isolated and separated her from her family by prohibiting her mother and siblings from accessing her marital residence.
Nwachukwu was also accused with viciously assaulting his children, filming their cries on his phone, and playing them again on his device.
One of the charges reads, “That you, Peter Nwachukwu, 56, male, on the 8th of April, 2022 at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, did commit an offense to with: culpable homicide punishable with death in that you caused the death of Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence and aggravated assault with the knowledge that her death was
The second count reads, “Statement of offence: Knowingly placing a person in fear of bodily injury pursuant to section 4(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and punished under section 4(1) of the Act.”