Osinachi: Police To Prioritise SGBV Cases-IGP

Late Osinachi and accussed husband Peter Nwachukwu

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has said cases of domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, rape, and other social vices would receive quick attention from the force and that the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

Speaking while receiving the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday, the police boss described as heart-breaking the death of the famous gospel musician, Osinachi Nwachukwu, who was allegedly killed by her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, on April 8.

A statement by the force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the IGP assured that Nwachukwu, who is in custody, would be prosecuted if he was found culpable for the homicide.

The statement read in part, “The IGP further emphasised 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 and her husband will be charged to court as soon as it is established that he was responsible for her death.

“He 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.

“He reiterated the commitment of the force under his leadership to ensuring 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 minister reportedly discussed, among other things, the plight of women in Nigeria, particularly in relation to gender and domestic violence and also pointed out Osinachi’s case.

Tallen, who was accompanied by some members of the late singer’s family, “was equally interested to know what efforts the police have put in place to ensure swift justice is dispensed.”

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