Peter Nwachukwu, the late gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu’s spouse, has been paraded in front of his children and other relatives.
It happened after Dame Pauline Tallen, the Minister for Women’s Affairs, paid a visit to the force headquarters where he is being kept.
Tallen asked, in a statement made by the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi, that the suspect be given enough punishment to serve as a lesson to those who are habitually abusing women.
She further claimed that she will request the help of the Governor of Abia State, as well as members from the constituency where the late Osinachi was born, as well as the governor of Enugu State and his wife, to provide psychosocial support to the children.
She said: “We would pursue justice for the late singer and her family. The alleged killer must not go unpunished to serve as deterrence to other men who are in the habit of beating women.
“The four children of the deceased singer are on second term holiday from their school in Abuja and may be relocating to Enugu to join their grandmother until the present travail is sorted.
“I strongly rebuke those who were in the know of the suffering of the late Osinachi without coming out with what they know.
Although we are crying over spilled milk, we will pursue this matter to ensure that justice is done to that late singer’s family and to ensure deterrence to others, so that nothing like this will ever happen.”
IGP Usman Alkali responded by ordering that the suspect be brought in and paraded in front of the minister, children, and others to ensure that he was still in police custody.
He said: “Police will investigate this matter with all alacrity and responsibility. In all cases such as this, expert opinions on the cause of death are sought. We have enlisted National Hospital, Abuja and as soon as the outcome is received, we will charge the suspect to court.
It will be swift as much as possible. We just want to assure the public that the suspect is in our custody.”
The late singer’s twin sister, Eze Grace Amarachi, is among the visitors, as is his brother, the late singer’s children, including Deborah Rukop, who was simply described as a close friend to the family.