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Osinachi: IGP Promises Justice

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has assured the family of late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu, of justice. 

Mr Alkali Baba made the pledge when he received the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, who paid him a courtesy visit at his Louis Edet House office in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the IGP, investigations over the singer’s death are ongoing, adding that Osinachi’s husband, who has been accused of assaulting her before her death, “is still in police custody”.

The minister and the IGP also discussed, amongst other things, the plight of women in Nigeria, particularly in relation to gender and domestic-based violence.

She pointed out that Osinachi Nwachukwu’s“untimely death at the hands of her husband” on April 8, had caused outcry across the nation and beyond.

Mrs Tallen, who was accompanied by members of the late singer’s family, was equally interested to know what mechanisms the police had put in place to ensure that swift justice was served.

In his reaction, the IGP described Osinachi’s death as “untimely” and “heart-breaking”, particularly, as information from sources close to the late gospel singer’s family and independent witnesses fingered her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, as being responsible.

Mr Alkali Baba said “the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force, in whose jurisdiction the incident occurred, arrested the deceased’s husband at about 05:00 pm on Sunday, April 10, at their residence in Lugbe, Abuja.

The suspect is currently in detention at the FCT Police Command, even as investigations are still ongoing”.

The IGP stressed that considering the sensitive nature of the case, as well as the need to get swift justice for Osinachi and her family, the command had approached the National Hospital, Abuja, for post-mortem examinations on the deceased, in order to ascertain the cause of death.

“Also, her husband, Mr Nwachukwu, would be charged to court as soon as it was established that he was responsible for her death”, the IGP promised.

Describing the alleged act as “condemnable, illegal and immoral in all ramifications”, the IGP said it was hard to understand why anyone would want to take the life of another.

The police, he added, remained committed to ensuring that cases of this magnitude, including domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, rape, and other social vices, were accorded utmost attention with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice.

Culled/Simeon Ugbodovon

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