The Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Usman Baba, has reiterated the commitment, towards tackling domestic violence and other social vices, across the country.
He gave the assurance, on Wednesday, while receiving Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, who paid him a courtesy visit, in his office at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
In a statement, signed by Force Public Relations Officer(FPRO) CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the minister, said the objective of the visit, was ‘to know what efforts the police had put in place to ensure that swift justice is dispensed.’
The minister, who was accompanied by some members of the late singer’s family, discussed, amongst other things, the plight of women in Nigeria, particularly in relation to gender and domestic-based violence.
She pointed out ‘the recent case of the famous gospel musician, Osinachi Nwachukwu, whose untimely death, allegedly, at the hands of her husband on 8th April, 2022 has caused public outcry.’
Responding, the police chief promised that, his leadership will ensure that cases of this nature including domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, rape, and other social vices are accorded utmost attention, with a view to bringing their perpetrators to justice, according to the provisions of extant laws.’
‘The untimely death is heart-breaking particularly, as information from sources close to the family and independent witnesses fingered her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, as being responsible for her death.’
He said ‘the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force, in whose jurisdiction the incident occurred, arrested the deceased’s husband at about 5pm on Sunday 10th April, 2022 at their residence in Lugbe, Abuja.’
‘The suspect is currently in detention at the FCT Police Command, even as investigations are still ongoing,’ he stated.
The IGP further emphasized that considering the sensitive nature of the case, and the need to get justice, and swiftly, the command has approached the National Hospital, Abuja, for post-mortem examinations on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death.
‘Her husband will be charged to court as soon as, it is established that he was responsible for her death.’
The IGP stressed that ‘the alleged act is condemnable in all ramifications, as it is both illegal and immoral for one human to take the life of another in any manner contrary to the provisions of the law.’