Since the demise of Osinachi Nwachukwu, the gospel singer known for her collaborative hit track ‘Ekwueme’, there have been allegations that the singer was a victim of domestic violence.
Speaking on the controversy surrounding Osinachi’s death, Mama Sarah, the house help of the family told The Cable newspaper that she has been working for the family for close to a year, but only visits the house three times a week to help with chores.
Mama Sarah said whenever she notices the couple quarrelling, Osinachi would dress up, leave the house and go to the church.
One of the neighbours, however, told the newspaper that she always hears Osinachi screaming and her husband addressing her with derogatory words.
She said their squabbles were constant, such that she worried if the husband was actually a pastor as he claimed to be.
Another neighbour, from whom Osinachi buys stockfish, said the few times she saw and conversed with her, the singer always looked “depressed, tensed and scared.”
Musa, a gateman in the building behind Osinachi’s house, said the couple often fought, and that on several occasions, he had to scale the fence of the house to unlock the gate for the singer, whenever her husband locks her out.
“Before the woman died, they fought a lot and even at night I hear them quarrel. I don’t know if he [the husband] does not like her going out but if the woman goes out, he will lock the gate and refuse to open the gate when she comes back.
“She will come and call me to help her climb the fence and unlock the gate for her. And once she enters, the man will start making trouble again.”
Osinachi’s death: Police confirm Nwachukwu’s arrest
In a related development, the police public relations officer in the Federal Capital Territory, DSP Josephine Adeh, has confirmed the arrest of Nwachukwu, the late singer’s husband saying:
“The man, Peter Nwachukwu is currently in our custody. A family member of the deceased lodged a report at Lugbe police station.
“Following the complaint, we arrested the suspect and the investigation is currently ongoing. We will make findings public.”