The Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Abuja had been told that the husband of the late famous Nigerian Gospel singer, Osinachi was during her life time treated like animal by her alleged killer husband, Peter Nwachukwu.
Penpushing reports that, the sister of the deceased, who is a second witness for the prosecution in the alleged culpable homicide case brought against Nwachukwu by the attorney-general’s office made this known to the court
The 44 year old data processing officer with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Enugu,, who was asked by the prosecution counsel, Aderonke Imana, to state why she wanted justice, emphasized that the accused was fond of beating the deceased.
Penpushing further reports that, the witness explained that husband of the late musician never treated her well, but treated her like an animal, beat her anyhow, never made her happy and never allowed her to associate with her family.
The witness added that her late sister got married in 2008 and had four children, and that the oldest was 12 while the last girl was 7,adding that the children referred to their father as ‘Manager’ because he had control of everything, including her money, and her fear of him made her not relate well with her family.
‘‘There was a time she went for ministration, and when she asked for a stage fee, she was told that N2 million had been paid into her husband’s account. He was responsible for booking events, collecting money and only telling her to go and minister without giving pocket money’, the witness said.
“When my father was ill, he wanted to come to Abuja for treatment, but the defendant refused, and my dad eventually died. While travelling for our father’s burial, the defendant slapped her because she complained about how rough he was driving’.
“My sister developed ulcer due to starvation because Nwachukwu never provided for his family. She was the provider for the family. My sister owns the house they lived in. He drove her out of the house with their last baby under the rain, and it was her first son that snuck a wrapper to cover the baby.”
Penpushing also reports that during cross-examination of the witness by the defence counsel, I A Aliyu asked how she became aware of the occurrences since she was in Enugu, and explained that her deceased sister told her on the phone.
The defence counsel asked the witness if the family expected to benefit from her late sister’s finances, and she answered in the affirmative, and she was asked if she asked what led to her sister’s death at the hospital, she told the court that the defendant prevented the deceased twin sister and her brother, who were in the hospital, from asking the Doctors.
Penpushing reports that, in similar vein, the 62 year old mother of the deceased, Caroline Madu, appealed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja, to aid her in getting justice for her daughter.
The bereaved mother, a resident of Enugu, while being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Aderonke Imana, as a chief witness through an interpreter, also told the court that she and her other children were never allowed to visit the late musician except on one occasion when she was ill.
“I visited my daughter when I was sick and when we went to the church, Peter left my daughter, and I stranded in church while he drove away with the children. Peter called me a witch, sent me out of his house, and it was a man from Delta State that accommodated me’, the woman said.
‘I saw her last December when she came to Enugu for a programme. Before then, there was a time she left her matrimonial home because of the ill-treatment, and she stayed with me for a year and three months before Peter came with a pastor to beg as he had turned a new leaf’.
‘However, after she returned and gave birth to her third child, she called me to say that she was hungry, and I had to send my son Chibuzor with food to her in Abuja. My son, after four days, called me that he was no longer comfortable as Peter poured water on him and told him never to help in washing his children’s clothes and poured water on Osinachi and her newborn baby when she was praying’, she added.
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