Osinachi’s Husband Treated Her Like An Animal – Late Singer’s Sister Tells Court

Favor Madu, the sister of famous Nigerian gospel singer Osinachi, told the Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday that her sister was treated like an animal by her husband, Peter Nwachukwu.

Ms Madu, 44, a data processing officer at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Enugu, gave evidence as a second prosecution witness in the presumptive homicide case brought against Mr. Nwachukwu by the Attorney General’s Office.

When prosecution lawyer Aderonke Imana asked Ms Madu to explain why she wanted justice, she said “her husband never treated her well. He treated her like an animal, beat her anyway, never made her happy and never allowed her to be around his family.

Furthermore, she also told the court that her sister got married in 2008 and had four children. She said the eldest was 12 while the last girl was 7.

The witness further testified that they referred to Mr. Nwachukwu as a “manager” because he was in control of everything, including his money, and his fear of him prevented him from getting along well with his family.

She said ”there was a time when she went to the ministry, and when she asked for a stage fee, she was told that 2 million naira had been paid into her husband’s account. He was in charge of booking events, collecting money and only telling her to go and do her ministry without giving pocket money.

“When my father was sick, he wanted to come to Abuja for treatment, but the accused refused and my father eventually passed away. On a trip to our father’s funeral, the defendant slapped her because she complained about the way he was driving.

Ms Madu also told the court that Osinachi developed an ulcer due to starvation because Mr Nwachukwu had never supported his family.

“She was the breadwinner for the family. My sister owns the house they lived in. He kicked her out of the house with their last baby in the rain, and it was her first son who slipped a wrapper to cover the baby.

Cross-examination

During the defense attorney’s cross-examination of the witness, I. A Aliyu asked how she came to know about the events since she was in Enugu. She said her late sister told her on the phone.

Mr. Aliyu asked the witness if the family expected to benefit from his late sister’s finances, and she answered in the affirmative.

When asked if she asked what led to her sister’s death in hospital, she said the defendant prevented the deceased twin sister and her brother, who were in hospital, from ask the doctors.

The judge, Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, acquitted the witness and adjourned the case until Tuesday to continue the hearing.

Similarly, Caroline Madu, Osinachi’s mother, has appealed to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to help her get justice for her daughter.

Ms. Madu, 61, a resident of Enugu, while being brought to testify by prosecution lawyer Aderonke Imana as the main witness through an interpreter, also informed the court that she and her other children had never been allowed to visit Osinachi except on a time when she was ill.

“I visited my daughter when she was sick and when we went to church, Peter left my daughter, and I got stranded in church while he was leaving with the kids. Peter left me called me a witch, kicked me out of his house, and a man from Delta State took me in.

“I saw her last December when she came to Enugu for a program. Before that there was a time when she left her marital home because of the abuse, and she stayed with me for a year and three months before Peter came with a pastor to beg because he had shot a new page.

However, Ms. Madu noted that after Osinachi returned home and gave birth to her third child, she called home to inform them that she was hungry.

“I had to send my son Chibuzor to him with food in Abuja. My son, after four days, called me that he was no longer comfortable because Peter poured water on him and told him never to help wash his children’s clothes and poured water on Osinachi and her newborn as she prayed,” she testified.

Additional questioning

When asked why she never visited her daughter when she gave birth in accordance with Igbo culture, defense attorney I. A Aliyu objected to the issue and said that was a leading question.

Mr Imana, in response, argued that Section 7 of the Evidence Act stated that the Act stated that she could ask questions focused on areas that would bring out facts leading to the charge against the ‘accused.

For her part, the judge, Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, supported the objection and said that although article 215 of the law on evidence allows questions focusing on areas that would bring out facts, not questions that would elicit expected responses.

The judge prevented the prosecutor from asking direct questions.

Mr. Aliyu, during cross-examination, asked Ms. Madu if she was aware that apart from the ulcer, she told the court that her daughter knew she had other health problems.

She answered in the negative and said that she knew that the case was under investigation, but that she did not know the result of the investigation carried out by the police.

When Imana attempted to re-examine Ms Madu, Mr Aliyu objected and said there was no ambiguity in the question she was trying to ask.

The court, at this point, discharged the witness and called the next witness, Favour, the deceased sister, as a second witness for the prosecution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during Monday’s proceedings, other family members of the deceased singer were in court.

Background

Judge Njideka Nwosu-Iheme had on June 3 ordered Mr Nwachukwu to be remanded in custody at Kuje Correctional Center and set Thursday and Friday for a hearing after pleading not guilty to the alleged homicide charge against him. him by the Attorney General of the Federation.

He was therefore remanded in custody pending the hearing and the decision of the

23 charges bordering on domestic violence and homicide brought against him.

Although the defendant appeared in court, the judge was absent from Thursday’s proceedings and court officials said they could not disclose the reason for her absence.

They also said the court had set June 20 and 21 for the hearing.

Nigerian police arrested Mr Nwachukwu after his wife died on April 8, following widespread allegations from their children, family and colleagues that he beat her, leading to her death.

According to the prosecution, the crime he allegedly committed contravenes Sections 104 and 379 of the Criminal Justice Administration Act 2015 (ACJA), Section 221 of the Penal Code and the Criminal Justice Act 2015. the 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, committed an offense namely: culpable homicide punishable by death 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 likely 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.

The late gospel singer was known for her song “Ekwueme.”

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