EXCLUSIVE: Late gospel singer’s husband Osinachi, accused of killing his wife, flees Kuje prison in terror attack
Peter Nwachukwu, husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi, was one of those who escaped in last Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), had claimed responsibility for the attack in a video.
In the video, the terrorist cult showed some of its men firing into the facility.
According to the Nigerian government, 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate attack.
“A total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate attack.
“As of this writing, 443 have been captured, 551 detainees are currently in custody, 4 detainees have died and 16 detainees have suffered varying degrees of injuries and are currently being treated.
“However, efforts are underway to recapture all escaped inmates,” Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) spokesman Umar Abubakar said.
Several security sources confirmed to SaharaReporters on Tuesday that the late gospel singer’s husband was among the escaped detainees.
“During our roll call yesterday, we found out that the late gospel singer’s husband is missing,” a senior prison official told SaharaReporters.
A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Wuse had remanded Nwachukwu to Kuje Correctional Facility on June 3, pending hearing and decision on the homicide prosecution brought against him by the Attorney General. of the Federation.
His wife died on April 8, and many of her colleagues had accused her husband of subjecting the deceased to domestic violence, leading to her death.
Nwachukwu allegedly kicked Osinachi in the chest, resulting in a blood clot that ultimately killed her.
Singer Frank Edwards has also revealed that an “unreasonable human” ended his life.
There are reports that Osinachi refused to leave the marriage despite the domestic violence due to his commitment to the church.
Subsequently, the police arrested Nwachukwu and he was brought to justice.
The government claimed it breached sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015; Article 221 of the Penal Code; and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015.
Some of the counts (such as culpable homicide) recommend the death penalty, a one-year jail term, or a fine (VAPP Act), among others.
Part of the charges read: “That you, Peter Nwachukwu, 56, Male, on 8th April 2022, at Aco Estate, Opposite Police Station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court , have committed an offence, namely: culpable homicide punishable by death in that you caused the death of Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence and serious assault knowing that her death would be the probable consequence of your actions.
“Statement of offence: emotional, verbal and psychological abuse contrary to section 14(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
“Particular of the offence: that you, Peter Nwachukwu, male, between 14th November 2009 and April 2022 at Aco Estate, Opposite Police Station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, have committed an offense namely: emotional, verbal and psychological abuse of Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu (deceased) by humiliating her and making statements like “you smell”, “you are crazy” in the presence of members of her musical team.