High Court remands husband of late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu in Kuje prison
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Wuse, on Friday, June 3, 2022 remanded Peter Nwachukwu, husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi, at the Kuje correctional facility, pending the hearing and determination of the homicide-related suit instituted against him by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
Justice N.K. Nwosu-Iheme gave the order after Nwachukwu pleaded not guilty to 23 counts bordering on domestic violence and homicide, among others.
The judge ordered that Nwachukwu be remanded at the Kuje correctional facility, while trial was adjourned to June 16 from 12 pm and June 17 at 9 am.
“The business for today is for arraignment, accelerated hearing is hereby ordered,” declared Justice Nwosu-Iheme,” the judge said
“Defendant should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Facility pending the hearing and determination of this suit.”
Nwachukwu’s wife died on April 8, 2022, and many of her colleagues had accused her husband of subjecting the deceased to domestic violence, which led to her death, according to reports.
Afterwards, the FCT police apprehended him, and he has been held in custody ever since then.
According to the judge, Nwachukwu contravened Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2015, as well as Sections 221 of the Penal Code and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015.
Some of the counts (such as culpable homicide) recommend death penalty, one-year jail term or fine (VAPP Act), among others.
Part of the charges read, “That you, Peter Nwachukwu, 56, male, on the 8th of April, 2022, at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to wit: culpable homicide punishable with death in that you caused the death of Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence, and aggravated assault with the knowledge 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 offence: That you, Peter Nwachukwu, male, sometime between 14th November 2009 and April 2022, at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to wit: emotional, verbal and psychological abuse on Mrs Osinachi Nwachukwu (deceased) by humiliating her and making utterances like ‘you are smelling,’ ‘you are mad,’ to her in the presence of her music crew members.”