Six days after the death of Osinachi Nwachukwu, a lead singer in Dunamis International Gospel Centre Worldwide, Abuja, the lead pastor of the church, Paul Enenche, has said that he was unaware that the singer was a victim of domestic violence.
Shortly after the death of the popular gospel singer, speculations made the rounds that the Ekwueme singer was physically abused by her husband, Peter, and this led to his arrest by the Nigerian police.
Speaking on her death via a recorded video which has been shared across all the pastor’s social media handles and on the church’s Facebook Page, Dunamis TV, Enenche, said his last encounter with the deceased was about three months ago when she and her husband came to him for prayers.
The pastor further stated that the singer had complained of chest pain of which he prayed for her and also advised she visited the hospital. The cleric further mentioned that he used his contact to ensure that the late singer was thoroughly checked medically.
Enenche said, “Over two-and-a-half months to three months ago, she came to see me with her husband with complaints of chest pain and respiratory distress. I prayed for her and prayed again.
“When the symptoms did not abate, I counselled that they went to the hospital to help us know exactly what we were dealing with and they asked if I could help them facilitate that process. I called our head of the medical team, Dr Osang, who is a consultant paediatrician with the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State, to assist to handle their situation.
“He called the FMC, Jabi (Abuja), where they attended to her. On seeing her, they ordered some examinations and investigations that included a CT scan. That was done, and from what the doctors saw, they felt there was a need for further investigation either at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital or the National Hospital, Abuja. I called the doctor at the UATH, Dr Akoh Alexander, and told him the situation.
The cleric further emphasised that all he knew about the deceased’s plight in the hands of her husband were brought to his knowledge after her death.
“Now, if there was domestic violence that led to or coincided with those symptoms, she came with two-and-a-half to three months ago, there is no way I would know. If there had been perennial domestic violence, there is no way I would have known.
“The things we are hearing after her passing were very strange to my hearing. Then, I began to ask questions. Then, I asked the twin sister, ‘Were you aware that your sister passed through all these things?’ She said yes, that she knew some of them, but that the majority of them she heard only from those she (Osinachi) confided in.
“I asked her, ‘If you knew, why didn’t you let us know?’ and she said, she (Osinachi) always begged her not to tell the pastor or the church that the man would change and asked for prayers. That continued to happen,” he said.
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