Mr Peter Nwachukwu, the husband to late gospel music minister, Osinachi Nwachukwu, would be charged to court soon, the Nigeria Police Force assured.
The force in a statement released on Wednesday, April 20, said the outcome of the post-mortem examination on the deceased is yet to be out.
The Police said until the result is out, they cannot arraign Osinachi’s husband as the due process has to be taken.
Many fingers have been pointed at Mr Nwachukwu, accusing him of being the cause of his wife’s death.
Recall that the Osinachi who authored the popular song, “Ekwueme” passed on April 9, 2022, at an Abuja hospital.
The mother of four was initially said to have died of throat cancer.
Several reports, however, emerging has claimed that the 42-year-old evangelist was been maltreated by her husband.
Her family members and a few people in the know have accused Mr Nwachukwu of domestic violence, which according to them, resulted in the death of the singer.
The accused has since then been arrested by the police force.
Giving an update on his arrest and further steps to be taken, Police Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said on Wednesday that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, received the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Tallen, today in his office at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
According to him, the Minister discussed amongst other things, the plight of women in Nigeria, particularly in relation to gender and domestic-based violence.
“She pointed out the recent case of the famous gospel musician, Osinachi Nwachukwu, whose untimely death at the hands of her husband on 8th April 2022 has caused a public outcry.
“The Minister who was accompanied by some members of the late singer’s family was equally interested to know what efforts the police have put in place to ensure swift justice is dispensed,” the statement read in part.
In his remark in the statement titled, ‘IGP Receives Women Affairs Minister, Reveals Progress On Osinachi’s Case’, the IGP said Osinachi’s death was heart-breaking.
He said: “Information from sources close to the family and independent witnesses fingered her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, as being responsible for her death”.
The statement added, “He (the IGP) stated that the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force, in whose jurisdiction the incident occurred, arrested the deceased’s husband at about 5pm on Sunday 10th April, 2022 at their residence in Lugbe, Abuja. The suspect is currently in detention at the FCT Police Command even as investigations are still ongoing.
“The IGP further emphasized that considering the sensitive nature of the case, and the need to get justice, and swiftly, the command has approached the National Hospital, Abuja, for post-mortem examinations on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death and her husband will be charged to court as soon as it is established that he was responsible for her death.
“The Inspector-General of Police stressed that the alleged act is condemnable in all ramifications as it is both illegal and immoral for one human to take the life of another in any manner contrary to the provisions of the law.”
IGP Baba reiterated the commitment of the Force under his leadership to ensuring that cases of this nature including domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, rape, and other social vices are accorded utmost attention with a view to bringing their perpetrators to justice according to the provisions of extant laws.”