Nigerian gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu died Friday in what was initially reported as throat cancer.
Her family, however, has denied she had cancer, and police later arrested her husband Peter Nwachukwu for spousal abuse and involvement in Osinachi’s death.
Sarah Einselen of The Roys Report writes that Osinachi once separated from her husband, although her husband and some church pastors convinced the gospel singer to return to the marriage. It adds to an ongoing controversy in the Nigerian Christian community over the issue of divorce. Divorcees are often treated as outcasts, making it difficult for people in abusive marriages to leave.
After Nigerian police arrested the husband of Osinachi, a beloved Igbo gospel singer, some pastors and other Christian leaders are speaking out against spousal abuse.
Osinachi Nwachukwu, featured in the popular gospel song “Ekwueme,” died Friday in a hospital, the BBC reported. She reportedly had throat cancer. But authorities later arrested her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, after the gospel singer’s family and close associates accused him of abusing her and causing her death.
Osinachi’s sister told Nigerian news media that the gospel singer died from injuries sustained when her husband kicked her. The women’s mother also said the singer was subjected to constant beatings and verbal assaults.
Peter Nwachukwu has denied responsibility for his wife’s death.
Reports have described Peter Nwachukwu as a pastor and gospel minister, but it’s unclear where he ministered. Dunamis International Gospel Centre, where Osinachi was employed as lead singer, reportedly denied that her husband was on staff there.
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