Travails Of Osinachi’s Husband Despite Autopsy Reports Revealing Cause Of Wife’s Death 

Posted on April 17, 2024
KINGSLEY EBERE 
This is really not the best of times for Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of late gospel artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu, as he faces murder charges despite the fact that the National Hospital, Abuja, has released an autopsy report that revealed the cause of the death of late Osinachi.
P.M.EXPRESS reports that the medical report did not confirm physical violence on the late singer and listed three major findings as likely cause of her death without mentioning about physical violence to the deceased.
The report dated 21st April, 2022 and stamped with the seal of the hospital stated:
“The main findings include generalized organ pallor, bilateral leg swelling, fluid in the sac containing the heart. Tumor deposits in and on the heart, lungs, kidneys. Massively enlarged heart. She also had fluid around the lungs, which restrict breathing. Her spleen is enlarged and has signs of infection. There are no marks of violence on her on our examination.”
“I certify that cause of death in my opinion to be: Cardiac Tamponade (serious fluid in the sac containing the heart; tumours in the heart, lungs, kidneys; Septicaemia.”
Septicemia or sepsis, is the clinical name for blood poisoning by bacteria.
However, the report may not have indicted the embattled Peter Nwachukwu, but his in-laws insisted and pressed for his prosecution for domestic violence against the late Osinachi.
Peter Nwachukwu is facing 23 count charges at the Federal Capital Territory High Court bordering on domestic violence and homicide before Justice N.K. Nwosu-Iheme, who ordered his remand at the Kuje Correctional Facility.
The singer, Osinachi, had died on 8th April, 2022 and many of her colleagues and family members alleged that her husband, Peter, subjected her to domestic violence leading to her death.
He however, pleaded not guilty and opened defence at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, faulting the testimonies of his in-laws about domestic violence and deprivation.
He told the Court in the suit filed by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation that he couldn’t have maltreated his late wife whom he paid her tuition fees.
Nwachukwu told Justice Njideka K. Nwosu-Iheme that his marriage was peaceful, adding that the cause of her death was traceable to medical reports that showed his late wife had cancer.
“I am saying this for emphasis because a lot of people said I am doing nothing.
I was into property business, supplying iron rods to sites before I was arrested by security agents. I went for a church programme and I saw my wife there ministering in songs in Abuja; then she was in Year 2 in a higher institution.
She told me she was the one training herself in school but wants to drop out because of lack of finances.
I helped her finish school in 2007 by paying her school fees.”
The defendant, Peter Nwachukwu, told the Court that he had disagreements with his in-laws especially relating to funding the extended family and helping his wife’s twin sister’s husband to travel abroad.
“My late wife, Osinachi’s music ministry only bloomed 10 years after our marriage yet I supported her. Problem started when our peaceful home was being intruded by the mother-in-law and others.”
“My marriage was peaceful, my wife is a peaceful woman. I cannot tell you lies. I married my wife in 2008 and she started singing to the world in 2018.
After my first child, my mother in-law, my wife’s twin sister came to stay with us. I went to work one day and came back, I didn’t see my wife and her property, my house was just empty; this was in 2012.
“I went to the Police station to report and my wife later picked my call to tell me she had returned back to Enugu with our son on the directive of her mother.”
“I put a call to my in-laws and they said if they see my legs in Enugu, I will be a dead person.”
He also told the Court that while in prison, based on the charge before the judge, his in-law sued him at a Magistrate Court in Gwagwalada, asking for the retrieval of the bank accounts of his late wife and YouTube monetized account.
“While I was in prison, my in-laws went to my house and took everything I have including the studio I built for my wife; my two cars and landed property documents were taken.”
Under cross-examination by the prosecution counsel, Mrs. Aderonke Imana, Nwachukwu was asked if he had the receipt showing he paid his wife’s school fees, to which he responded in the negative, adding he transferred to his wife to pay.
He was asked why he did not allow his mother in-law to come for ‘omugwo’ (an Igbo tradition where mothers visit their daughters who just gave birth) all the time his wife gave birth to his four children.
Responding, Nwachukwu claimed his mother-in-law was sick during those periods.
“Are you saying your mother in-law was sick for 12 years when you had your four children?,” Imana asked again, to which he replied, “I don’t know”.
He was asked to show from his statement to the Police where he called his mother in-law to tell her that her daughter had cancer.
“I did not put it in the statement but I called her,” Nwachukwu replied, denying transferring aggression against his in-laws to his late wife.
Video recordings were played at the instance of his lawyer, Abubakar Aliyu, showing Osinachi ministering alongside some of her children while her husband was dancing.
Another video recording was played showing the husband celebrating his wife’s birthday with their children.
Nwachukwu said from the video, it was clear his home was peaceful.
Trial commenced on June 20, 2022, after the Court dismissed no case submission with the prosecution calling 17 witnesses to give evidence while eventually closing its case on March 10, 2023, before the defendant opened his defence.

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