Suspected culpable homicide: FG indicts Osinachi’s husband over singer’s death

The federal government, through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), on Friday brought before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) the husband of the deceased gospel singer, Osinachi, Mr. Peter Nwachukwu.

Osinachi, who sang the popular track Ekweme, died on April 8 at the National Hospital in Abuja, following which fingers were pointed at her husband for being responsible for his death following domestic violence that she suffered him.

Nwachukwu was then invited and detained by the police for the deaths of his wife and the mother of his children.

Meanwhile, Nwachukwu was brought before Judge NKNwosu-Iheme, sitting at Wuse 2, Abuja, on a 23-count charge bordering on domestic violence and culpable homicide, among others.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him when read to him in open court.

Following his not guilty plea, Judge Nwosu-Iheme remanded Nwachukwu to Kuje Correctional Center pending a hearing and decision on the case.

She ordered the suspect to be remanded to the correctional facility while the trial was adjourned until June 16 from 12 p.m. and June 17 at 9 a.m.

The judge then ordered an expedited hearing of the case, stating that “the expedited hearing is hereby ordered.

“The defendant should be remanded to the Kuje Correctional Facility pending the hearing and decision of this lawsuit.”

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 offense with: culpable homicide punishable by death in that you caused the death of Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence and aggravated assault knowing that her death would be the probable consequence of your acts.

“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.

If found guilty of the offences, Nwachukwu faces death as culpable homicide carries the death penalty.

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