Justice Njideka Nwosu Iheme of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has remanded Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of late popular gospel singer, Osinachi, in the Kuje Correctional Centre pending the hearing and determination of the homicide suit filed against him by the Attorney General of the Federation.
Justice Nwosu-Iheme gave the order on Friday after Peter Nwachukwu was arraigned on a 23-count charge bordering on domestic violence and culpable homicide.
However, Nwachukwu denied any wrongdoing.
Part of the charges 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.
“Statement of offence: Emotional, verbal and psychological abuse contrary to section 14(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
“Particular of offence: 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.”
Going by the charge, the FG claims that the defendant contravened Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, section 221 of the Penal Code and the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Act (VAPP) 2015.
After entering his plea, the judge adjourned trial to June 16 from 12pm and June 17 by 9 am.
Also, the court ordered an accelerated trial of the defendant.
“The business for today is for arraignment, accelerated hearing is hereby ordered” Justice Nwosu-Iheme stated.
“Defendant should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Facility pending the hearing and determination of this suit,” the court directed.
It would be recalled that Nwachukwu’s wife died on April 8, and many of her colleagues had accused her husband of subjecting the deceased to domestic violence, leading to her death.
Afterwards, the Nigeria Police arrested him and he has been in detention since.