ABUJA – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged the police and all relevant law enforcement agencies to investigate the death of gospel artiste, Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu.
Lawan made the call in his remarks moments before the Senate held a minute silence in honour of the deceased.
According to him, the life of every Nigerian citizen matters and must be accounted for by security agencies and relevant authorities where death occurs.
Coming under Order 42 of the Senate Standing Orders on Personal Explanation, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South), drew the attention of the chamber to the controversial death of the singer.
Reacting to the widely reported news of her demise, the Senate President called for investigation to unravel the actual cause of death.
He said, “The authorities should investigate the death of this citizen, and the lives of every citizen must matter. This is one death too many.”
Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu, was alleged to have died as a result of internal injuries sustained from domestic violence meted on her by her husband, Mr. Peter Nwachukwu.
The gospel artiste was reportedly said to have died last week Friday, April 8, 2022, at the National Hospital, Abuja, where she was hospitalized after going into a coma for days.
Her mother has explained why her daughter remained in the 10-year-old abusive marriage.
According to a transcript of an interview, Osinachi’s mother granted the BBC, Mrs Madu narrated her daughter’s ordeal at the hand of her husband, Mr Peter Nwachukwu.
The mother said her late daughter insisted on staying in the marriage with her husband on the justification that ‘what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. This is despite the series of abuses she experienced in the marriage.
Meanwhile, the accused husband, Mr. Peter Nwachukwu, has been arrested by men of the Lugbe police division in Abuja.
He was picked up on Sunday after the brother of the late singer reported a case of suspected homicide to the police.
The spokesperson of the FCT police command, DP Joseph Adeh, confirmed the suspect was in police custody.
She also explained he was arrested on grounds of suspected culpable homicide and that investigation into the matter was ongoing.
She said, “The man, Peter Nwachukwu is currently in our custody. A family member of the deceased lodged a report for culpable homicide at Lugbe police station.
“Following the complaint, we arrested the suspect and the investigation is currently ongoing. We will make the findings public.”
The well-regarded singer featured in the hit gospel song ‘Ekwueme’ which she sang with Prospa Chima, and another hit ‘Nara Ekele’ with her pastor, Dr Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Ministry.