A VIDEO showing a man assaulting a woman who appears to be his wife has surfaced on social media alongside a claim that it shows one of the moments the late Nigerian gospel artist, Osinachi Nwachukwu, was beaten by her husband.
The video, which went viral following the reported death of Osinachi on Friday, 9th of April, 2022, was said to have been secretly recorded by a son of the deceased.
Following Osinachi’s demise, several allegations had emerged on social media that the deceased has been a silent victim of domestic violence by her husband, Peter Nwachukwu.
The allegations elicited national outrage about domestic violence from Nigerians.
In the 12-seconds video, a man who wore a white shirt and brown trousers was seen repeatedly headbutting and hitting a woman with a pressing iron while the woman was struggling to escape helplessly.
A Twitter user with the handle @hotnewsinnaija1 tweeted the video with a caption: “Video of Gospel Singer Osinachi being beaten by her husband and recorded by their son. This is serious!! This man has to rot in Jail!”
The video has garnered over 50,000 views with more than 300 retweets as of the 23rd of April, 2022.
Another Twitter user with the handle @crazyjohnbull also tweeted the video with a caption: “Source say this was Peter beating Osinachi recorded by son. Me: True or not, this sight is horrible. No woman deserve this. Men stop it!”
Similarly, the video has garnered more than 18,000 views and over 70 retweets.
The video shows the late Osinachi Nwachukwu being beaten by her husband.
Checks by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.
A Google Reverse Image search conducted on the frames of the footage revealed that the video shows Papua New Guinea’s Rugby star and Pacific Games boxing gold medalist, Debbie Kaore, who was reportedly assaulted by her partner.
According to the DailyMail report published in June 2020, the video shows the athlete star repeatedly headbutted and hit with a hot iron by her partner Murray Oa, who was a Lieutenant in the Papua New Guinea Army.
It reported that Kaore suffered from facial burns and severe lacerations as a result of the violence meted out to her in the viral video.
Similarly, the BBC reported that the video was filmed by a family member of the victim and was posted online by her friends with her permission.
The claim that the video shows the late Osinachi Nwachukwu being beaten by her husband is FALSE; as findings show that the woman in the video is Papua New Guinea’s athlete, Debbie Kaore and not Osinachi as claimed in the viral posts.
Nurudeen Akewushola is a fact-checker with FactCheckHub. He has authored several fact checks which have contributed to the fight against information disorder. You can reach him via email@example.com and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.