The Nigeria Police Force has arrested Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of late popular gospel artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu.
The 42-year-old who was a singer at Dunamis International Headquarters, Abuja, was announced dead on Friday after she was hospitalised for days.
According to her colleagues, she had been suffering domestic violence at the hands of her husband.
Singer Frank Edwards revealed an instance where her husband slapped her while she was recording a song in the studio.
In a live Instagram video, he said, “One time in a studio, this man slapped her just because she wanted to record the song in Igbo against his will. She does not do anything on her own.
“She would say, please beg my husband. She was at his mercy. I didn’t know the intensity of what she was going through; I didn’t know how somebody would be jealous of the wife he claimed to love.
“There are a lot of stories where people told her this and that, but what I know was that the control was too much. The other time somebody wanted me to get her for an event, and I contacted her, but she said ‘beg my husband.’
“She couldn’t even tell people what she was going through. I only got to know because Aunty Joy contacted me to promote her song. That was when I got a glimpse into what was happening.”
Another gospel artiste, Asu Ekiye, called for the arrest of her husband, saying, “If what I hear about domestic abuse is anything to go by, then I hereby endorse the call for the arrest of the husband of Osinachi immediately for questioning.”
Osinachi’s husband also made their children to flog her, one Chidinma Ezego alleged.
She said, “The husband has been beating and maltreating this woman, but she’s been dying in silence. Now, he kicked the woman on her chest and she’s been on life support for five days and finally died. Now, the man has been arrested and I pray he rots in jail. Remember how he tied her up and asked the children to beat her up with cane. She told me this.”
The arrest of the husband has been confirmed by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh.
She said, “He is now in our custody. The younger brother of the deceased reported the matter and we have commenced investigation.”