Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of late Ekweme crooner, Osinachi Nwachukwu, will be arraigned on Friday, June 3 before Court 56, FCT High Court, Wuse.
This was confirmed on Thursday by the Director of public prosecutions of the federation, Mohammed Abubakar.
Mr Nwachukwu will face a 23-count bordering on culpable homicide, verbal, physical abuse and wrongful confinement, wrongful restraint, economic abuse, forced isolation, emotional and psychological abuse and attempt to commit culpable homicide, among others.
According to the charges filed on May 20 by the head of sexual and gender-based violence, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Yewande Gbola-Awopetun, the defendant is accused of forcefully ejecting Osinachi from the family home, contrary to the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.
Nwachukwu is also accused of depriving his wife of her liberty by restraining her movement and locking her up in the house.
He is also accused of emotional, verbal and psychological abuse contrary to section 14(1) of the VAP Act, 2015. Nwachukwu also attempted culpable homicide by pushing Osinachi out of a moving vehicle.
The charge further alleges that Osinachi’s husband forcefully isolated and separated her from her family by preventing the deceased’s mother and siblings from visiting her matrimonial home.
Nwachukwu is similarly accused of cruelly beating the children and recording their cry and playing it on his phone.
The charges add that he threatened the children and prevented them from reporting the acts of domestic violence against their mother to his pastor, Paul Enenche, or any other person.