Domestic Violence : Osinachi Mother Cries Out For Justice
Barely two months after the death of her daughter over alleged domestic violence. Mrs Caroline Madu, the mother of the late gospel act, Osinachi Nwachukwu, had yesterday made a plea to the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, to aid her in getting justice for her daughter.
Madu, a resident of Enugu while being led by the prosecution counsel, Aderonke Imana, as chief witness. She said she and her other children were never allowed to visit the late singer, except on one occasion when she was ill.
“I visited my daughter when she was sick and when we went to the church, Peter left my daughter and I stranded in church while he drove away with the children.
“Peter called me a witch, sent me out of his house and it was a neighbour from Delta State that accommodated me.
“I saw her last in December when she came to Enugu for a programme and before then there was a time she left her matrimonial home because of the ill treatment and stayed with me for a year and three months before Peter came with a pastor to beg as he had turned a new leaf.
She continues, “However, after she returned and gave birth to her third child, she called me that she was hungry and I had to send my son Chibuzor with food stuff to her in Abuja.
“My son after four days called me that he was no longer comfortable as Peter poured water on him and told him never to help in washing his children’s clothes and poured water on Osinachi and her new born baby when she was praying,” she testified.
When asked why she never visited her daughter when she put to bed in line with Igbo culture, the defence counsel, I.A Aliyu, objected to the question and said it was a leading question.
Aliyu during cross- examination asked Madu if she was aware that apart from the ulcer she told the court her daughter had, if she knew she had other health challenges.
She replied in the negative and equally said that she was aware that the matter was investigated, but she did not know the outcome of the investigation as carried out by the police.
Other family members of the deceased singer were in court. Prominent amongst them were her two children, mother, brother and twin sister.
The defendant, Mr. Peter Nwachukwu was earlier arraigned on June 3 and was remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre after he pleaded not guilty to the alleged homicide charge filed against him by the Attorney -General of the Federation.
He was remanded pending the determination of the 23-count charge bordering on domestic violence and homicide instituted against him.
The case has been adjourned till further notice.