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What Osinachi’s children told me -- Women affairs minister Pauline Tallen


When the children of the late popular gospel performer, Osinachi Nwachukwu, detailed their late mother's experience, Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, claimed she fought back tears on Wednesday.

She spoke on the NTA's Good Morning Nigeria breakfast show, which was broadcast live and was watched by newsmen.

According to the minister, the deceased's widower, Peter Nwachukwu, brutalized his late wife and her four children, and the late gospel singer had no bank account of her own because her husband took all of her earnings.

Tallen stated on Wednesday that she went to the deceased's Abuja house on Tuesday to identify with the bereaved children.

"The death of Osinachi is so terrible, so heartbreaking," the minister stated.

"When I came into the compound, I saw the children, four beautiful children; three boys, one girl. He (Peter) had told the children that they should not speak about the things that have been happening in the house.

"I came in with all the directors in the ministry. When I was asking questions, I saw that the children were not forthcoming. I excused everyone and said I wanted to have a one-on-one with the children.

"I first spoke with the first son. I asked him, ‘Do you love your mother?’ He said, ‘Yes’. ‘Has your mummy taught you to tell lies?’ He said, ‘Yes’. 

"I asked him if she is still alive and he said she is dead. ‘Do you know that she is now your angel and she is now watching you?’ He said, ‘Yes’. ‘So, it will be very sad if you tell lies’.

"I introduced myself and I told him the President is concerned, every Nigerian is concerned, we all join them to mourn Osinachi’s death but what we want from him is the truth.

"Then he opened up… And said that their dad used to beat their mom and their mom was always sad. He would beat her and flog her. 

"He said their father would gather them in the room and be beating them and if the mom comes into the room to stop him, he would turn back on her and beat her up. And that has always been the issue.

"They said it was their mom that runs around on her gospel music, comes back with her money, in fact, if the money is paid through (a) bank account, it was paid into his account. 

"She has no account of her own, any money she has, he collects it and gives her just peanut for feeding and when she cooks, he started shouting and beating her. And their mom was living in fear and was always sad.

"It was such a horrible story from a young boy that is said to be just 12. I asked him what class he is and he said Class Five. At the age of 12? I said, ‘Why?’ And he said he can’t even read. So, mentally, this child is already destroyed.

"I was battling with tears and when he finished, I called on the second son."

Tallen went on to say that "the second son, as well as the third son, duplicated the same horrific circumstance."

The minister promised that justice will be done in the case because it would be investigated thoroughly.


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