By ALEX OLISE
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command says it would charge Mr. Peter Nwachukwu, husband of the late gospel artist, Osinachi Nwachukwu, to court for culpable homicide.
The Trumpet gathered that the suspect, who is already in police detention, has been transferred to the FCT Command’s Homicide Department for further investigation.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, who made the disclosure, said Nwachukwu would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the matter is concluded.
Adeh, in an interview told our Correspondent that Nwachukwu, who is currently being detained at the Lugbe Police Station in the FCT, was arrested after the younger brother to the deceased reported the matter at the police station.
“We arrested the husband based on the report we got from the younger brother of the deceased gospel singer that he suspected the husband for culpable homicide, and we will communicate to you as the case progresses,” she said.
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But a police source, who would not want to be mentioned in print, said that following the transfer of the case to the homicide department, the police has made certain revelations that would aid its investigation.
The source said that the police already have a voice recording of the deceased Osinachi, where she narrated her ordeal while on admission at the hospital. In the said voice recording, the deceased was alleged to have said that her husband should be held responsible if anything happened to her.
The source said the voice message was recorded in Igbo language, which has since been translated by Igbo police officers to the police. It added that the suspect, who has since been transferred to the FCT homicide department has been behaving funny and not cooperating with the police. The source said that the suspect has written different statements as to how his wife Osinachi died.
Accordingly, the suspect was said to have confessed that he used to beat his wife in the early years of their marriage, but had since stopped beating her.
Nwachukwu was said to have told investigators that his wife suffered cancer of the lungs, which he said was detected at the National Hospital and the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, and that she had been on admission at the National Hospital for about 21 days before she passed on.