FG slams homicide charges against gospel singer Osinachi’s husband

The Federal Government has filed 23-count charges against Peter Nwachukwu, husband of the late popular gospel singer, Osinachi.

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Osinachi died on Friday, April 8th after she was allegedly in a coma for five days prior to her death. Her family members, children, and friends of the deceased all alleged that her husband subjected her to domestic violence.

Nwachukwu was apprehended on Sunday, April 10 by the FCT police command on grounds of suspected culpable homicide.

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Mr. Nwachukwu was charged with culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by death, according to court papers filed on May 20, 2022 by Mrs. Yewande Gbola-Awopetun, Head, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Ministry of Justice.

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Count one reads,

“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 with: 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.”

Count two,

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“Statement of offence: Wilfully placing a person in fear of physical injury contrary to section 4(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”.

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