Osinachi Nwachukwu may have died, but Nigerians and lovers of her music have continued to hear heartbreaking comments from some people who witnessed how she suffered domestic abuse.
A hair stylist, Blessing Iyamabe, is the latest to recount how Peter Nwachukwu, widower of the late gospel musician, allegedly slapped her twice in her presence.
Peter is standing trial for alleged domestic violence at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.
During Tuesday proceeding, Blessing said sometime in 2013, when she went to the deceased’s house to make her hair, the defendant called his wife to give him her car key but Osinachi sent her son with the key.
“The defendant got angry, came to where we were making the hair and slapped his wife.
“I witnessed another abuse in 2018. He came to my shop and slapped the deceased for not seeking his permission before coming to the salon,” she alleged.
She said on one occasion she had to follow the deceased to her daughter’s school to make her hair because of fear of the defendant.
She also alleged that she had to make the deceased daughter’s hair in a toilet at a mall because she needed to hide to avoid the defendant.
While cross-examining her, Aliyu asked the witness if she advised the deceased to ever leave the defendant, as stated in her statement to the police.
She responded that she gave her the advice because of the way the defendant was treating her.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, when asked if she knew what led to Osinachi’s death, Iyamabe stated that she was told that she died as a result of throat cancer.
After listening to the testimony, Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, adjourned the matter until Thursday for continuation of trial.
Peter Nwachukwu is standing trial on 23 count charge bordering on domestic violence and culpable homicide.Follow us on social media