Peter Nwachukwu, the late popular gospel performer Osinachi’s spouse, has been charged with 23 counts by the federal government.
The Federal Ministry of Justice brought accusations of culpable homicide before the FCT High Court under Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, Section 221 of the Penal Code, and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP).
Mrs Yewande Gbola-Awopetun, the Head, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Ministry of Justice, signed the charges on May 20, 2022.
The defendant was accused of forcibly ejecting the dead from the family home and forcing Osinachi out of a moving vehicle, according to the prosecutor.
The prosecution further alleged that the defendant deprived the deceased of her personal liberty by restraining her movement and locking her up in the house.
Nwachukwu was equally accused of emotional, verbal and psychological abuse contrary to section 14(1) of the VAPP Act, 2015.
The defendant was said to have denied Osinachi access to her money for medication and household necessities and forced her into begging and borrowing.
The charge further alleged that Osinachi’s husband forcefully isolated and separated her from her family by preventing the deceased’s mother and siblings from visiting her matrimonial home.
Nwachukwu was also accused of cruelly beating the children and recording their cry and playing it on his phone.