Godwin Madu, brother of the late gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu, on Wednesday gave his testimony in the trial of Osinachi’s husband Peter Nwachukwu.
Mr Nwachukwu is being tried for the death of Osinachi.
Led in evidence by prosecution counsel Aderonke Imana, Madu told the Federal Capital Territory High Court that Nwachukwu abused Osinachi verbally and physically.
He said, “Whenever we call Osinachi to hear from her, she answers with fear.”
Narrating an incident which occurred at a hospital, he said, “It was through my mum that I knew that my sister was sick. My mom said to me that I should go and find out what’s happening to Osinachi. I went to their house, I knocked and knocked, Ebube, the first son, came out. When he came out he now asked Ebube ‘who is that?’ Ebube said ‘It’s uncle Godwin.’ He told Ebube to tell me that I should go.”
Madu added, “My sister Osinachi passed through a lot, Peter didn’t tell the doctor that he has been beating Osinachi, kicking and hitting her on the chest and he did not allow Osinachi to tell the doctor, because he’s always there with Osinachi. And he never wanted anybody to come close, even Osinachi’s friend.”
Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, I.A Aliyu, Madu said, “If I had told anybody what Osinachi was passing through and Peter gets to find out, Peter will torture her seriously.”
Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme fixed January 17, 18 and 19, 2023 for continuation of trial.