Peter Nwachukwu being taking to the High Court of the FCT.
Peter Nwachukwu the husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi has been arraigned before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Wuse, Abuja.
Peter Nwachukwu during his arraignment pleaded not guilty to all the 23 counts bordering on homicide and domestic violence instituted against him by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
The defendant who is the husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi, is to be remanded in the Kuje Correctional Facility pending the hearing and determination of the homicide related suit instituted against him.
Justice Ngozi Nwosu-Iheme gave the order on Friday after he pleaded not guilty to 23 counts charge bordering on domestic violence and homicide, among others.
She ordered that the defendant be remanded at the correctional facility in Kuje while trial was adjourned to June 16 from 12pm and June 17 by 9am.
“The business for today is for arraignment, accelerated hearing is hereby ordered” declared Justice Nwosu-Iheme.
“Defendant should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Facility pending the hearing and determination of this suit,” she ruled.
Osinachi, Peter Nwachukwu’s wife died on April 8 and many of her colleagues had accused her husband of subjecting the deceased to domestic violence, leading to her death.
Afterwards, the Nigeria Police arrested him and he has been in detention since.
The Federal Government claims that the defendant contravened Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, section 221 of the Penal Code and the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Act (VAPP) 2015.
Some of the counts (like culpable homicide) recommends death penalty, 1-year jail term or fine (VAPP Act), among others.
Part of the counts read: “That you Peter Nwachukwu, 56, male, on the 8th of April, 2022 at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to with: culpable homicide punishable with death in that you caused the death of Mrs Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence and aggravated assault with the knowledge that her death would be the probable consequence of your acts.”
“Statement of offence: Emotional, verbal and psychological abuse contrary to section 14(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
“Particular of offence: That you, Peter Nwachukwu, male, sometime between 14th November 2009 and April 2022 at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to wit: emotional, verbal and psychological abuse on Mrs Osinachi Nwachukwu (deceased) by humiliating her and making utterances like ‘you are smelling,’ ‘you are mad,’ to her in the presence of her music crew members.”