High Court drops murder case against late gospel singer’s husband Osinachi over multiple lawyers
The Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday dropped the culpable homicide case against Peter Nwachukwu for the alleged murder of his wife, Osinachi.
Osinachi, the singer of the famous gospel song Ekwueme, died on April 8 after being allegedly beaten and punched in the chest by her husband, Peter Nwachukwu. However, her husband said that his wife died of lung cancer.
The prosecution was withdrawn by the judge so that his lawyers align to represent him.
Prosecution lawyer Aderonke Imana had informed the court, presided over by Judge Njideka Nwosu-iheme on Monday, when the case emerged that he was due to hear and that they were ready to proceed.
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He reported that the lawyer who represented the accused during his arraignment, Victor Abakpa, had however asked the court to adjourn the case until Tuesday, when another lawyer from another chamber came. to inform that he was taking over the business.
He further stated that he was also served with additional evidence in court just before the court began the day’s proceedings.
IA Aliyu, for his part, informed the court that he had been informed by the accused on June 18 to resume the case.
The court therefore postponed the case at 11 am so that lawyers align and presented themselves properly before him.
Family members of the late singer, Osinachi, were in court, including her two children, mother and twin sister.
Saharareporters had reported that the absence of the trial judge had blocked the case on June 16.
The defendant was arraigned on June 3 at the earliest and was remanded to the Kuje Correctional Center after pleading not guilty to the alleged homicide charge filed against him by the Federation Attorney General.
He was therefore placed in pre-trial detention pending the hearing and the decision on the 23 counts bordering on domestic violence and homicide held against him.
Nwachukwu was arrested by Nigeria police after his wife died on April 8 following widespread allegations from their children, family and colleagues that he beat her to death.
According to the prosecution, the crime he allegedly committed violated Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (ACJA), Section 221 of the Penal Code and the Criminal Justice Act 2015. Prohibition of violence against the person (VAPP).
The charge read in part: “That you Peter Nwachukwu, 56, male, on 8th April at Aco Estate, Opposite Police Station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this court, have committed an offense With: guilty homicide liable to the death penalty in that you caused the death of Osinachi N.
“It was caused by your various acts of violence and aggravated assault knowing that his death would be the probable consequence of your act.
“Details of the offence: that you, Peter Nwachukwu, Male, between 14 November 2009 and April 2022 at Aco Estate, Opposite Police Station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this court, committed an Spirit offence: emotional, verbal and psychological abuse of Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu (deceased).
“It was caused by humiliating her and making statements like ‘you smell’, ‘you’re crazy’ in front of her in the presence of members of her music team.”
The statement of offense borders on 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.