As the trial of the husband of late gospel singer, Osinachi rolls on, more and more information about the state of their marriage have come to light.
On Monday, the late singer’s sister, Favour Madu testified in a High Court in Abuja that Osinachi was treated like an animal by her husband, Peter Nwachukwu.
Madu, who works as a data processing officer with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Enugu, was called up as a second witness by the prosecution in the alleged culpable homicide case brought against Nwachukwu by the Attorney-general’s office.
Last month, the Federal Government filed a 23-count charge against Mr Peter Nwachukwu.
Speaking to the court, Madu said “Her husband never treated her well. He treated her like an animal, beats her anyhow, never made her happy and never allowed her to associate with her family.”
She added that they all referred to Mr Nwachukwu as ‘Manager’ as he controlled every part of the late Osinachi’s life. He was in control of everything including her money, and the fear she had of him, made her not to relate well with her family.
“There was a time she went for ministration and when she asked for stage fee, she was told that N2 million had been paid into her husband’s account.”
“He was responsible for booking events, collect money and only tells her to go and minister without giving pocket money. When my father was ill, he wanted to come to Abuja for treatment but the defendant refused and he eventually died. While traveling for our father’s burial, the defendant slapped her because she complained of how rough he was driving.”
Furthermore, she detailed more abuse her sister endured while living with Nwachukwu.
“My sister developed ulcer as a result of starvation because Nwachukwu never provided for his family. She was the provider for the family. My sister owns the house they lived in.”
“He drove her out of the house with the their last baby under the rain and it was her first son that snuck a wrapper to cover the baby.”
The defendant was arraigned on June 3, and eventually remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre after he pleaded not guilty.