Minister Promises Justice for Late Singer, Osinachi

Minister Promises Justice for Late Singer, Osinachi

Blessing Bature, Abuja

Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has vowed to get justice for the late gospel artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu.

The late 42-year-old singer died on Friday after spending days at an undisclosed hospital in Abuja.

Another singer at Dunamis International Gospel Centre, DIGC, Abuja, accused Osinachi’s husband, Peter Nwachukwu, of beating her, leading to a complication that resulted to the singer’s death.

Mr Nwachukwu was subsequently arrested by the police over the death of his wife.

Reacting yesterday through a statement she personally signed, Tallen noted that with the singer’s death, “it is now truly obvious that violence knows no class or creed.”

The minister assured that her ministry would prosecute the matter to get justice for the singer.

“As with every news of domestic violence which spreads like wildfire, I was woken up to the news of the untimely death of one of Nigeria’s finest female gospel artistes, Osinachi Nwachukwu who was said to have died as a result of cancer on April 8.

“This could have passed as one of those news until new facts started emerging that she died as a result of domestic violence. Then you begin to wonder and ask how such a talented and self-accomplished individual who loved God has been a victim?

“It is now truly obvious that violence knows no class or creed. It could have been that she cried out to her church or pastor or friends or family, but all she got was ‘it is well’ and now that the inevitable has happened, they are speaking out. It is not well if we carry on with the traditional way of sweeping bad behaviour under the carpet.

“In Nigeria today, domestic violence is a crime under the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (2015). The Federal Government of Nigeria and states have declared zero tolerance to gender-based violence. And so, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs under my watch will prosecute this matter to get justice for Osinachi. It is obvious that her children also need psychosocial support to heal from this trauma if it is true that their father will go the whole length of tying her up and asking the children to flog her with a cane. This is unbelievable and must be condemned in all its ramifications”, Tallen said.

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