By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
The Supreme Court of Nigeria has sentenced the convicted General-Overseer of the bizarre Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev King to die by hanging.
A seven man panel of justices, in an unanimousjudgement on Friday 26th February, 2016 led by justice Walter Onnoghen upheld the judgment that the death sentence was imminent. The apex court quickly dismissed the appeal the convicted self-acclaimed clergy lodged earlier.
Justice Ngwuta upheld: ‘the facts of the case could have been lifted from horror firm...this appeal has no merit. The judgement of the court of appeal is hereby affirmed. The prison sentence that was earlier handed to the appellant is no longer relevant in view of the death sentence passed on him’
It is important to recall that the embattled self-acclaimed and bizarre Preacher, Rev King was convicted and subsequently sentenced to death by hanging on January 11, 2007 following the murder of one of his church members, Ann Uzoh and five others.
Thereafter, he was arraigned on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder. During the trial, it was revealed that the convict poured Petrol on the deceased and five others. Uzor died 11 days after the incident.
He was arraigned at the Lagos State directorate of Public Prosecution, and the trial judge then, Justice Joseph Oyewole said that there were sufficient reasons which links the accused to the commission of the crime and thereafter sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment for attempted murder and death by hanging for committing murder.
Having being dissatisfied with the outcome of the case, the convict went to court of appeal, and to see if he can get a soft landing. The condemned Preacher, on June 15, 2008 pleaded with the apex court to decline the judgement.
All the pleas he made via his counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo were never admitted. After much legal tussle, the apex court today upheld the judgement of two lower courts and ruled that he will die by hanging.
This was a man who many regarded as the second Jesus.
What shall become of his soul?
What becomes of his church members?
Is the judgement morally right or wrong?
What’s your view?