MarriageNewsOsinachi’s Family Fixes Burial Date, To Return Bride Price

The family of the late gospel artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu, has fixed a date for her interment.

Recall that the demise of Osinachi, who was alleged to be a victim of domestic violence, broke on April 8, 2022.

A report by BBC Igbo says the deceased’s family has fixed June 25, 2022 for the burial of the Ekwueme crooner, adding that there is every possibility that she would be laid to rest in her hometown, Isuochi, one of the 17 local governments in Abia State.

According to the same report, some of her family members have also resolved to return the bride price, which her embattled husband, Mr Peter Nwachukwu, paid as part of her marriage rites.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has filed charges of culpable homicide against Mr. Nwachukwu, who was arrested on April 11 following the death of his wife.

The case, with charge number CR/199/2022, was filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on May 20, 2022, by the Head, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Ministry of Justice, Yewande Gbola-Awopetun.

The charges were filed under sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and Section 221 of the Penal Code, and the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP).

The federal government alleged that the defendant deprived the deceased of her liberty by restraining her movement and locking her up in the house, accusing him of subjecting the deceased to emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, contrary to Section 14(1) of the VAP Act, 2015.

The prosecution told the court that investigations revealed that the defendant denied Osinachi access to her money for medication and household necessities, thereby forcing her into begging and borrowing.

The prosecution counsel also alleged that Mr Nwachukwu forcefully isolated and separated the late singer from her family by preventing her mother and siblings from visiting her matrimonial home.

Osinachi’s husband was further charged for cruelly beating his children, recording their cries and playing with them on his phone.

Some of the counts in the charge 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 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.”

“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.”

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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