Caroline Madu, Osinachi Nwachukwu’s mother, testified before the FCT High Court in Abuja about how the late gospel singer’s husband threatened to murder her.
Caroline, 61, testified before Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme on Monday that the accused, Peter Nwachukwu, threatened to kill Osinachi if she (the mother) attempted to visit her.
Madu claims that Osinachi, 42, was last seen in December at a church function before her death on April 8.
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Madu claimed to have told Osinachi that she needed treatment when she was sick. She, on the other hand, stated that she would have to plead with her husband, claiming that if she visited her, he would murder her.
Peter was accused of coming to steal the singer’s child by the singer’s mother, who was in tears. Peter claimed to be an evangelist, according to Madu. He would, on the other hand, beat her child like a carpenter would a piece of wood.
During Osinachi’s pregnancy, her mother claimed that her husband would beat her, and when she asked to see him, he refused.
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She went on to say that Peter boasted that if she didn’t go alive, she would die. Madam Madu explained that the situation compelled her to send her senior daughter, Favour Madu, to fetch Osinachi. Osinachi stayed for a year and three months before Peter sent some pastors to her family to persuade them to return her.
“What God has joined together, no man should put asunder,” Osinachi agreed, according to her, telling her family.
According to reports, the late singer returned to her husband, who then resumed the beatings.
Madu claimed that when she asked Osinachi for money, the late singer could not help her because the funds were deposited in Peter’s account.
She also told the court that she was ill at one point and that people had to beg Peter to let her come to Abuja for treatment. She remembered going to church with them one day, and Peter driving away with the kids, leaving Osinachi and her stranded.
She went on to say that Osinachi never paid her a visit in Enugu, and Peter never let her pick up her phone.
When it came to Osinachi’s health, Madu claimed her daughter only told her she had an ulcer, whereas her husband claimed she died of lung cancer.
On April 8, after hearing about her daughter’s death on the radio and television, the bereaved mother said people began to come to her house crying.
Peter called her around 7 p.m., she said, using Osinachi’s number, and she asked how they were, stating that Osinachi was dead.
Madu responded by telling the court that she screamed in tears, telling Peter that his promise that if she didn’t leave alive, she would die, had finally come true. She recalled cutting the call and turning off the phone after that.
She claimed under cross-examination that she never knew if Osinachi had another illness.