EXCLUSIVE: Osinachi: Autopsy did not confirm physical abuse on late singer

The autopsy report from National Hospital Abuja described what caused the death of the late gospel artist, Osinachi Nwachukwu.

The medical report, which was obtained exclusively by THE WHISTLER did not support the earlier insinuation that Osinachi died from physical abuse at the hands of her husband.

The report lists three major findings on the late singer’s cause of death, but nothing is mentioned about physical abuse towards the deceased.

The report dated 21/4/2022 and bearing the hospital’s seal states: ‘Key findings include generalized pallor of organs, bilateral swelling of legs, fluid in sac containing heart. Tumor deposits in and on the heart, lungs, kidneys. Massively enlarged heart. She also has fluid around her lungs that restricts breathing. His spleen is enlarged and shows signs of infection. There are no marks of violence in it during our examination.

“I certify that the cause of death, in my opinion, is: cardiac tamponade (serious fluid in the sac containing the heart; tumors in the heart, lungs, kidneys; sepsis.”

Septicemia, or sepsis, is the clinical name for blood poisoning by bacteria.

Osinachi’s husband, Peter, was arraigned in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Wuse Zone 2, on Friday by the lead prosecutor, Ms Aderonke Imana.

She died on April 8 and many of her colleagues and siblings had claimed that her husband had subjected her to domestic abuse, leading to her death.

The case filed in court involves 23 counts of alleged homicide, wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement, offensive conduct, isolation of his wife from family and friends , forced ejection, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse and control of women’s access to funding among others.

But he pleaded not guilty to the charges which led to the adjournment of the court for the trial until June 16.

Judge NK Nwosu-Iheme then remanded him to Kuje Correctional Institution pending the decision on the case.

The medical report seen by our correspondent was titled “Corona Ordinance (Chapter 41), Attending Physician’s Report” and is part of the evidence on which Peter will be tried before Judge Njideka K. Nwosu-Iheme.

Describing the body of the deceased, the report states that she was brought in for examination on her “fresh body in her personal clothes; she has long braided hair, her eyes are black; on the edge of his feet are many fine scarification marks.

When the court rose on Friday, Peter alleged that his late wife had died of cancer.

“I suffer from what I haven’t gone through, from what I don’t know. Because I had a problem with my in-laws from the start,” he said.

Peter, late Osinachi Nwachukwu’s husband speaks after his arraignment

Peter Nwachukwu’s lawyer, Victor O. Abakpa, also claimed that his client was innocent.

“Certainly justice will prevail, the world will know the truth. We cannot say more.

“You heard he pleaded not guilty, that’s our position at this time until proven otherwise,” the attorney said.

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