Court Dismisses No-Case Submission Filed By Nwachukwu, Late Gospel Singer, Osinachi’s Husband

Federal Capital Territory High Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja on Tuesday dismissed the no-case submission defence filed by Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of Osinachi, the late gospel singer.

The defence was rejected by the trial judge who ruled that the prosecution had established a case against the defendant.

The Nigerian government had filed a 23-count charge against Nwachukwu over the death of Osinachi, his wife.

After pleading not guilty, the judge ordered that the defendant should be remanded at the Kuje correctional facility pending further hearing.

The prosecution had called 17 witnesses to testify during the trial, which commenced on 20th June 2022, and ended on March 10, 2023.

Osinachi who passed away on April 8, 2022, was initially thought to have died of throat cancer.

Her death, however, was linked to an assault by her husband, who was later arrested, according to family and acquaintances.

The National Hospital in Abuja then conducted an autopsy, which revealed that the body bore no signs of violence.

The report listed the cause of Osinachi’s death to include “generalised organ pallor; bilateral leg swelling; fluid in the sac containing the heart; tumour deposits in and on the heart, lungs, kidneys; massively enlarged heart and fluid around the lungs which restrict breathing”.

Following the report, Nwachukwu’s lawyers filed a no-case submission, meaning that Nwachukwu had no case to answer.

The evidence produced by the medical practitioners, according to the lawyer, exonerated Nwachukwu of the claims of culpable homicide and domestic violence.

He stated that Osinachi died “solely as a result of outgrowth tumours, which resulted in cardiac tamponade, the primary cause of death, and abnormal growth of tissue (cancer), which is the secondary cause of death,” according to the autopsy report.

He asked the court to release and acquit his client of all charges.

The court, however, rejected the no-case motion and ordered the defendant to provide his defence.

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