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Nigeria Court Of AppealAffirms Death PenaltyFor Lagos PreacherReverend King

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 04:05 AM

An appeal court in Lagos has
affirmed the death penalty for
Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, the
notorious Lagos preacher
popularly known as “Rev. King”. A panel of judges at the court
today said the lower court acted
in the interest of justice by
sentencing the preacher to
death. King, who was sentenced to
death by hanging for the murder
of a female member of his
church, has appealed against
the conviction and is awaiting
judgement. But while he remains in prison, his devotees
and some influential members
of his church have been working
hard to ensure that his death
sentence was reversed. One of the adherents reportedly
said: “The man is just too
influential among his adherents.
We see different people, both
high and low class, visit him for
prayers.” According to the source, when
the prison authorities became
uncomfortable with how his
devotees visit him for prayers,
causing tension in the prison,
they decided to move him far north to an unknown prison
where nobody can see him. Rev. King was sentenced to
death by hanging in 2007 by
Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the
Ikeja High Court on a 5-count
charge of murder. The bearded General Overseer of
Christian Praying Assembly
(CPA) at Canal View Street, Ajao
Estate was convicted for setting
fire on seven members of his
church whom he accused of fornication. One of them, Ann King, died as
a result of injuries sustained in
the fire. During the trial, witnesses, who
were mostly his church
members, narrated how
Reverend King turned them to
sex toys. The principal witness
in the matter, Kelechi King, in her gory account told the court
how she had aborted four
pregnancies for the self-
acclaimed ‘god’. She also revealed how Reverend
King made her denounce her
family and how she served him
as his maid, attending to him
naked. On the incident that led to the
death of Ann, almost all the
prosecution witnesses
corroborated the fact that Rev.
King actually set them on fire by
pouring fuel on them. They also told the court that on
the said date, Rev. King
gathered them together in his
house following allegations that
they were committing
fornication in his house, an allegation they all denied. Another prosecution witness,
Olisa Chiejina, told the court
then how the accused operated
a “Lord Army”, an outfit he said
Rev. King uses to intimidate and
harass members of his church. After his conviction, Reverend
King was taken to the Kirikiri
Prisons where he was put on
death row. His lawyers,
however, immediately filed an
appeal to forestall his execution. While awaiting his
appeal, he was accused of
having sexual intercourse with
female guests even in prison....http://pointblanknew...-reverend-king/

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