TALKING POINT: Should The Nigeria Police Have Paraded Peter Nwachukwu Before His Children As The Killer Of Their Mother, Osinachi?
The Nigerian Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali, reportedly ordered that Peter Nwachukwu, the husband and alleged murderer of late gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu, be brought forward and paraded before the Hon. Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, and the late singer’s children recently.
According to reports, the Minister visited the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, to confirm if rumors about the man’s (Peter) release were true. This assertion reportedly prompted the IGP to order that Peter be paraded before the Minister and her visiting entourage, which, unfortunately, included late Osinachi’s children (three boys and one girl).
Others on the Minister’s entourage included late Osinachi’s twin sister, Eze Grace Amarachi, the late singer’s brother, a close friend to the family identified as Deborah Rukop, and others.
While addressing the delegation, IGP Usman said: “Police will investigate this matter with all alacrity and responsibility. In all cases such as this, expert opinions on the cause of death are sought. We have enlisted National Hospital, Abuja, and as soon as the outcome is received, we will charge the suspect to court. It will be as swift as possible. We just want to assure the public that the suspect is in our custody.”
Speaking through the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi, Dame Pauline said: “Adequate punishment must be meted on the suspect to serve as a lesson for men who are in the habit of constantly assaulting women.
I will be enlisting the support of the Governor of Abia State and the representatives of the constituency where the late Osinachi hails from, and the assistance of the governor of Enugu state and his wife to give psycho-social support to the children. We would pursue justice for the late singer and her family. The alleged killer must not go unpunished to serve as deterrence to other men who are in the habit of beating women.”
The Minister concluded by disclosing that: “The four children of the deceased singer are on second term holiday from their school in Abuja and may be relocating to Enugu to join their grandmother until the present travail is sorted.
I strongly rebuke those who were in the know of the suffering of the late Osinachi without coming out with what they know. Although we are crying over spilled milk, we will pursue this matter to ensure that justice is done to that late singer’s family and to ensure deterrence to others so that nothing like this will ever happen.”
As much as it will be very delightful for us to have justice served on this matter, we cannot help but think and ask a vital question right now, though: Do you think it is appropriate for the police to parade Peter before his children?
No matter what has happened, he is still their father, and seeing him like this is equal to further emotional distress and torture for these poor children who have already been through way too many travails for one lifetime!
Yes, we all want justice served for Osinachi and for someone to be made a capital scapegoat as deterrence for other abusers in Nigeria, but shouldn’t the overall mental wellness and sanity of these children be considered and greatly prioritized too?
This is our opinion and concern about this matter, and we would surely like to hear what you have to say about it. Please share your thoughts and opinions about this in the comments section below.