Osinachi’s husband verbally and physically abused her, late singer’s employees told court

Employees of the late gospel singer Osinachi told the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on Tuesday that her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, verbally and physically abused her.

Adetunji Moses, Osinachi’s former personal assistant, during his testimony led by prosecution lawyer, Yewande Gbola-Awopetu, alleged that on different occasions, Mr Nwachukwu called his wife useless, lazy and lazy during rehearsals.

He said he worked with the defendant and his wife as a sound assistant and keyboardist from September 2018 to March 2021.

Mr Moses alleged that he left because he could no longer bear the defendant’s anger, which was mostly directed at him.

He recounted how Mr Nwachukwu had prevented the families of the deceased from visiting him while the music team traveled to Enugu, on the grounds that they had hindered his success.

“On another occasion, we were to travel to Zimbabwe for the ministry and that morning Nwachukwu got into an argument with his mother-in-law, who was visiting at the time, and due to the altercation, we missed our flight.

“He tried to book another flight for us but to no avail and on the way back from the airport, having missed our flight, it was a serious battle as Nwachukwu continued to verbally abuse his wife,” Ms. Moses.

The former PA further alleged that during a program in Lagos, the accused ordered him not to allow the twin sister of the deceased to share the stage with her during the ministry.

Mr Moses said that during a visit to Uyo for another ministry, a check was issued in the name of the deceased and the accused followed her to the bank to transfer the money to her account before paying the crew members.

He alleged that some crew members left in anger over the defendant’s violation of the agreement.

During cross-examination, the accused’s lead attorney, IA Aliyu, asked Mr Moses if the deceased still complained of his ulcer pain, and he said yes.

Asked about his closeness to the late Osinachi, Mr Moses said they had close interaction whenever they traveled for ministry outside Abuja.

The lawyer also asked him if he was angry with the defendant for refusing to raise his salary, and Mr Moses replied no.

Also testifying, Blessing Iyamabe, the singer’s hairstylist, alleged that at some point in 2013, when she went to the deceased’s house to get her hair done, the defendant called his wife to give her his car key. , but Osinachi sent his son to provide the accused with the key.

“The defendant got angry, came to where we were doing our hair and slapped his wife.

“I witnessed another abuse in 2018. He came to my store and slapped the deceased for not asking his permission before coming to the salon,” she alleged.

Ms Iyamabe said on another occasion that she had to follow the deceased to her daughter’s school to do her hair for fear of the accused.

She also alleged that she had to comb the dead girl’s hair in a shopping mall restroom because she had to hide to avoid the accused.

During his cross-examination, Mr Aliyu asked the witness if she had advised the deceased to leave the accused, as stated in his statement to the police.

She replied that she had given him advice because of the way the accused had treated her.

When asked if she knew what led to Osinachi’s death, Ms Iyamabe said she was told she died of throat cancer.

After hearing testimony, Judge Njideka Nwosu-Iheme adjourned the case until Thursday to continue the trial.

Mr Nwachukwu is on trial on a 23-count charge bordering on domestic violence and culpable homicide. He is accused of being responsible for the death of the late gospel singer known for her song “Ekwueme”.

Police arrested Mr Nwachukwu after Osinachi died on April 8.

(NOPE)

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