Supreme Court affirms death sentence on ‘Rev. King’

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The Supreme Court on Friday in Abuja affirmed the death sentence passed on the General-Overseer of Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, popularly called “Rev. King”, over the brutal killing of a member of the church, Ann Uzoh.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Sylvester Nguta, held that the convict’s appeal lacked merit.

“The ‎facts of the case could have been lifted from horror film and the court cannot but resolve all the 12 issues raised in this appeal against Ezeugo.

“This appeal has no merit. The judgment of the Court of Appeal is hereby affirmed.

“The prison sentence that was earlier handed based on the other five-count charge is no longer relevant in view of the death sentence passed on him.

“The appellant, in his defence, claimed that the victims sustained the various injuries from an exploded generator within the church’s premises but failed to prove this defence,” Mr. Nguta said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Ezeugo was arraigned on Sept. 26, 2006, on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder.

The charge against him was at the instance of the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions over the death of Uzo and wilful injuries brought on five others.

NAN further reports that the appellant was on Jan. 11, 2007, convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for the alleged offences.

The prosecution had argued during the trial, that the convict poured petrol and on the diseased and five others, set them alight, and left them for dead.

Uzoh died on Aug. 2, 2006, 11 days after the incident.

(NAN)


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  • Mike Musa

    The law has taken its course, the despicable act of this so called man of God warrants no mercy. May he find repentance before bathe execution

  • Dazmillion

    Next up TB Joshua

    • Cleartruth

      Why tb Joshua? Why do you hate this man this much? I’m not a member of his church, but I can tell you that the good work tb Joshua is doing is far more than what your so called pastors are doing. Tb hasn’t caused any scandal. He has been consistent since he started.

  • Rommel

    They should replicate this treatment with the 15 biggest bling pastors/prophets in Nigeria

    • aisha ani

      That’s right!

    • John

      Name the pastors and their crime.

      • Rommel

        The crime of killing people on medication through fake healing promises while impoverishing families and extortion of faith healing seekers

  • aisha ani

    I don’t know who wrote the original article but it’s deceased not diseased, this is a very common mistake in most Nigerian newspapers.

    • Contact Point

      Comment of the subject matter, not just a word that was mistaken. Yu were too careful to pick up that, (god for you) but not able to pick the subject matter. Are you a member of this murderer’s church?

      • aisha ani

        looks like you still can’t tell the difference, your comment is full of mistakes. Guess you really are diseased.

      • Prophet

        she (like you) can comment on whatever she wants to comment on…………and while we find your own comment nonsensical, at least she is providing a beneficial service by pointing out mistakes than can otherwise be adopted by younger minds. Perhaps you missed where she said it was a very common mistake in most Nigerian newspapers.
        FYI, when mistakes are common enough, they become the norm.

  • Sparzo

    How many of these evangelical pastors has gotten away with worse, only god knows.
    The fact is that, like Jesu of Oyingbo – god bless – any one can be an evangelical pastor or prophet.
    While the jesu of oyingbo was pretty harmless, most of these evangelical pastors are ignorant charlatans, confidence tricksters, hoaxers and psychopaths.

    Who else would accuse children of being witches for example or beat the devil out of someone with mental illness?

    • Contact Point

      Oyedepo, the man that would slap a church member for saying she “witches” for Christ. Even if she is a black witch, does that asked for a slap before the world? Pastor David (Davido) Oyedepo should also be arraigned.

      • Sparzo

        Absolutely. For assault.

      • Prophet

        the parishioner should have immediately slapped him right back!

    • Lawjury

      @Sparzo:disqus

      And on Ricky Tarfa’s bribe-practice of law……..

      THIS IS THE LAW – that consequence must follow misconduct. Murder is rife in Nigeria today
      because Nigerians subliminally believe there’s no consequence; and therefore, believe in impunity.
      Once all other law courts stand firm, as the Supreme Court did here, Nigeria will become less an atrocity.

      This judicial attitude must resonate in Ricky Tarfa’s bribe-practice of law, according to the charge sheet.
      The country, Nigeria, must stop rolling over, whilst the like of Ricky Tarfa attempt a rape of the public law.
      A lawyer who confesses in a filed affidavit to giving money to a Judge in a live case needs instant conviction.
      Putting Ricky Tarfa through plenary trial, after that filed affidavit admitting the decisive point, is un-necessary.
      Ricky Tarfa’s latter-day attempt to change his entire story, by filing another affidavit, is the proof of perfect guilt.