Mr Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of late gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu, was arrested and held in police custody for one month.
On April 10, police arrested Mr. Nwachukwu.
His wife was a lead singer at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre’s headquarters. She died on April 8 at Abuja’s National Hospital.
On April 11, FCT police spokesperson Josephine Adeh confirmed Nwachukwu’s arrest, saying the man was taken into custody after the case was reported by Osinachi’s brother.
On April 11, Nwachukwu was led into a police van parked in front of Abuja’s Lugbe Police Station.
“He is now in our custody. The younger brother of the deceased reported the matter and we have commenced investigation,” she said.
The cops said they were driving him to his house to collect evidence from the hospitals he claimed he took Osinachi to for treatment.
Nwachukwu claims that his wife became ill in November 2021. He claimed to have taken her to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), then to Gwagwalada General Hospital, and finally to National Hospital, where she died.
He did not, however, reveal the nature of her illness. According to Osinachi’s sister, the singer did not die of cancer as previously reported.
Osinachi was autopsied by police, who then turned the case over to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
Some groups chriticised the minister, claiming that the parade of Nwachukwu in front of his children exacerbated their trauma.
Nwachukwu was last seen publicly on April 20 when he was paraded before the minister of women affairs Pauline Tallen, his children and in-laws during their visit to the inspector general of police Usman Baba.
The visiting family included the twin sister of the late Osinachi, Eze Amarachi; the brother, the late singer’s four children (three boys and a girl) and two others.