The Federal Government have slapped a 23-count charge on Peter Nwachukwu, husband of late gospel singer, Osinachi.
Osinachi, 42, unfortunately passed on Friday, April 8 2022 at an undisclosed hospital in Abuja. Initially, her death was attributed to a battle with cancer but her friends and families debunked that, claiming she was a victim of domestic violence. This led to the investigation and arrest of Mr Nwachukwu by the Nigerian Police Force.
The Attorney General of the Federation has now charged Nwachukwu under sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code which is punishable with death.
The case with charge number, CR/199/2022, was filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on May 20, 2022, by the Head, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Yewande Gbola-Awopetun.
One count 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 honourable court, did commit an offence 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 would be the probable consequence of your acts.”
The prosecutor also accused Nwachukwu of forcefully ejecting Osinachi from the family home, contrary to the VAP Act. Furthermore, he’s accused of culpable homicide by pushing Osinachi out of a moving vehicle.
Some other accusations brought up against Nwachukwu include depriving the deceased of her personal liberty by restraining her movement and locking her up in the house; emotional, verbal and psychological abuse and denying Osinachi access to her money for medication and household necessities, forcing her into begging and borrowing.
In addition, the charge also alleges that Nwachukwu forcefully isolated and separated the late singer from her family by preventing the deceased’s mother and siblings from visiting her matrimonial home.