…Deceased’s Husband Arrested
…Children Testify Against Father
Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, on Monday, vowed to get justice for the late popular gospel artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu.
The 42-year-old artiste died on Friday after spending days at an undisclosed hospital in Abuja. Colleagues of Osinachi, who was a lead singer at the Dunamis International Headquarters, Abuja, accused her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, of beating her.
Reacting to her death on Monday, the minister noted that with the singer’s death, “it is now truly obvious that violence knows no class or creed”.
She stated this in a statement she personally signed and titled, ‘The untimely death of one of Nigeria’s finest gospel artists’.
Tallen assured that the ministry “under my watch will prosecute this matter to get justice for Osinachi”.
Meanwhile, the FCT police command has detained the spouse of late gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu.
Mr Nwachukwu was apprehended by personnel from the Lugbe police division on April 10 after the late singer’s brother reported a suspected homicide to the authorities.
This comes amid allegations that he has repeatedly abused the singer at home.
According to some of her close friends and colleagues, the late singer was put on life support after her spouse kicked her in the chest during a recent attack.
The arrest was confirmed by the police, who also noted that the investigation is still underway.
In another development, the children of late gospel singer, Osinachi Chukwu, have narrated how their father maltreated their mother, the Ekwueme crooner while she was alive.
Osinachi’s first son disclosed that his father, Nwachukwu, was in the habit of beating up his mother during little arguments.
He recounted how his father pushed his mother out of the car and forced her to walk back home after a Wednesday church service.
In a conversation with the deceased’s friend, Ene Ogbe, the young boy said his father told them that it was good to beat women.
Ogbe disclosed that he confided in her that their father seized two vehicles given to the late singer while asking her to board bikes.
Revealing her conversation with the deceased Osinachi’s children, Ogbe said: “By God’s grace, I was in our beloved late sister’s house this evening again and am glad that the police actually arrested him. But what baffles me is the way and manner he has polluted the children’s minds!! I had a chat with the firstborn, and I almost started crying again.
“This boy told me the ordeal his mom has been going through with his dad, how he beats her up in any little argument, he said aunty; my dad pushed my mom out of the car at night after Wednesday service, and bad boys snatched my mom’s bag that night, how mom got home that night I can’t tell because dad left her, people dashed my mom this two cars (pointed at them for me to see) but dad at times will say my mom should take bike while we go in the car, even when we are coming back from church my mom will stand under the sun and we will drive and pass her and we will wave at her, my dad told us that beating women is good.
“I had to cut in the conversation, and I told him it is very wrong to beat a woman and that God is against it, and I talked sense into him. He said they were happy that their dad was arrested because he shouted and beat them up.
“The second-born sang for us too; he has a golden voice like the mom. The first said my mom always keeps quiet for my daddy and she always forgives, and now she has died and I told him not to worry as his mom is in heaven!!! May the soul of our beloved sister rest in peace and may God take care of the four kids she left behind Amen!!”
Osinachi is believed to have died due to domestic violence she suffered from her husband leaving her children and fans in sorrow.