Rev King must die

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By AKEEB ALARAPE

Six years after a death sentence was slammed on him, Court of Appeal, sitting in Lagos, yesterday ruled that Lagos pastor and General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo (a.k.a. Rev. King), must die by hanging.

A Lagos High Court, presided over by Justice Joseph Oyewole had, on January 11, 2007, passed death sentence on Rev. King for alleged murder of a church member, Ann Uzoh, as well as the attempted murder of five other members of his church. The embattled pastor, who has been in prison custody since then, had appealed the death sentence, citing inconsistencies in the evidence of the prosecution’s witnesses.

At the sitting of the appellate court yesterday, Justice Fatima Akinbami, who read a unanimous judgment of the court, dismissed Ezeugo’s appeal, stating that the prosecution had “surely and effectively” proved its case against the embattled cleric at the trial court. The appeal panel dismissed the appellant’s contention that there were “contradictions and inconsistencies” in the prosecution’s evidence.

The judge ruled: “This appeal fails and is hereby resolved against the appellant. This appeal is devoid of merit and it is hereby dismissed. “The conviction and sentence passed on the appellant on January 7, 2011 by Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja Division is hereby affirmed.”

Counsel to Rev. King, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, had argued, in his 32 grounds of appeal, that the judgment of the trial court occasioned miscarriage of justice for relying on unresolved contradictions and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s evidence. According to Ojo, there were contradictions in the testimonies of some of the prosecution witnesses with some saying that the cleric ordered for matches to set the victims ablaze and others saying he only ordered for matches after a lighter failed.

Justice Akinbami said the contradictions were immaterial to the case of the prosecution. She said: “Not all contradictions in the case of the prosecution will raise a doubt. For contradictions to be fatal to the prosecution’s case it must be related to the material fact. “All the witnesses are unanimous that the appellant used matches.” On Ojo’s contention that the evidence adduced by the prosecution did not show that the action of his client was linked with the death of the deceased, Akinbami said the evidence given by eyewitnesses and that of a pathologist ascribing the cause of death to ‘hypovolemic’ (severe loss of blood and tissues), showed that Ezeugo’s action was the cause of one of the victims’ death.

“The evidence is overwhelming and damning,” Justice Akinbami said, adding: “He was offering them stone when they demanded for bread. He was giving them scorpion when they demanded for fish.” Rev. King was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder by pouring petrol on a deceased member of his church and five other persons and later set them on fire.

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  1. Is he still alive after all these years and why wasting tax payers money on such a heartless murderer? most of the clerics hide under the umbrella of the church to molest and enslave their church members especially females. The death by hanging sentence must uphold in his case after the bible that every christian reads did not anywhere mention the kind of treatment he meted out to those members of his church. He is nothing but a ritualist and I wonder why the federal government did not send bulldozer to destroy that shrine he portrays as church. Why must he appeal the death sentence after killing an innocent girl because she has exposed how they serve him naked and he had sex with them anytime he wants and order abortion that is not expected of a self acclaimed pastor. Death by hanging is what he deserves and will be a deterrent to so many others like him. He should be hanged in a public place for people to witness and then a heavy stone hang on his neck and thrown into the river.

  2. Murderer King could not have been a Reverened, and should not be addressed as such. Hope all those that have been following him sheepishly can see clearly now. Am even surprised that somebody could have the courage to defend such a heartless deceitful beast.

  3. he has the legal right to appeal and is left to the appeal or superior court to dismiss or maintain the given judgment.

  4. all dis comments here is on call for, why are de yoruba judges bent on nailing dis guy because he is an IGBO man, instead of dis death by hanging let them make it life imprisonment if he was find guilty after all “Nmadu ada ano be ya nokpoo mkpuru ihe” he never force any one to be a member of his church, de likes of gurumaharaji is moving around freely after what they discover in his church.

    • Oyiii what you said is wrong this is not time of tribalism by saying Yoruba judge give death sentence. The case was committed in Lagos

    • I wonda the kind of igbos we hav now who always see everything on tribal base.imagine that somebody kiled and he was to die by hanging and you are saying is because he is an Igbo, do you know that the person he killed is also an igbo.

    • Oyii, go, join Mr. King’s church and fully participate in dehumanising the church members. How I wish it was your biological sister that he burned up, in which case, you’d have come to acknowledge that the court judgement has nothing to do with tribe.

    • @Oyii Are you not stupid to make such baseless comment.What has Yoruba got to do with the issue in question.The girl the beast killed,is she Yoruba?.Come to think of it your name does not even sound like IgboPlease brainless illiterates like Mr Oyii who always weep up tribal sentiments should be barred from posting comments on serious national issues.Meanwhile Fashola should not hesitate.to sign the death sentence so that the beast should be sent to hell where he belongs immediately.To Mr Oyii;for your information ‘Abum ezi nwafo Igbo

    • Honestly we need to know the way we Condem people, is only God that can judge. who knows if what they are saying is the truth, Enough alligations was raise against TB Joshua in the early 80s,he was able to survive the storm bcos he never talk much, Baba Adeboye was setup with a woman in England, he was able to survive this bcos he never talk much,many many men of God were tempted, the withness said he only gave order, alligation that has no Video prove, now such man deserved to Die, as far as am concern, dis case is a setup, what will be the judgement of the man that blew up a Church (Bokoharram).

  5. Why is animal still alive. Hanging is not enough. He used petrol on his victims,why not use petrol and matches on him or peg him to the ground facing the sun, with his eyes lid cut off and allowed to die slowly?

  6. He who kills with the sword will die by the sword that is it he must die fake pastor. But I advise those ladies who go 4rm church to church in search of miracle to be careful.

  7. Please hasting up and Kill this man so that another thing will not come up. i don’t know what the Government is still waiting for to kill him all this while. He deserve to die. Many many pastor in this country are worst than Mr Chukwuemeka Ezeugo because i can not call him a Rev as far as i am concerned he is Mr Chukwuemeka Ezeugo and not a Rev. zuki

  8. Why do most congregation bow so low to all these fake or demonic pastors call themselves men of God while they are men of satan. Most members are willing to drink their urine and eat their shits as manipulated as “Blood and Body of Jesus”. Plenty of such demonic churches and pastors has scattered all over the world with their huge members. The wrought of GOD will soon befall on them, retualists.

  9. @Oyii, you are an enemy of justice, you were castigating those Judges who delivered that good judgement, instead of you to praise those fearless Yoruba Judges that always display courage and honesty in deciding matters before them unlike other Judges from other zones in the country that are easily induced with money. It was a Yoruba Judge that sentenced shameless Bode George to two years in prison without option fine, it would have been decided other way round if it were other Judges from other Zones in the Country.
    Rev King committed the heinous offence in Lagos and was found guilty as charged, hence, he must die by hanging according to the criminal laws of Lagos state, such nonsense can only be condoled in the South East or other regions but not in Yoruba nation of South West, Nigeria.

    • @David May God bless you for upholding what Dele said. I am an Igbo man to the core, I can not call black white just because of tribe. This man Justice Joseph Oyewole is a man of repute, He deserve to be the Head of supreme court, He even deserve to be the president of this country.
      Shame unto those that mess these avenue up on tribal ground.

  10. Rev king deserved to die by hanging if truely he did what he was accused of!! Some times i wonder why such a person should be a pastor infact d barristers are wasteing dia time on one case hang him and let him die.

  11. Let one of the GOD-sent pastors lead the pagan to christ before he is hanged. we can forgive but not the law. EFCC, ICPC, SON and CAN may need to check some of those sheep in wolves clothings. NAFDAC should check things they give to members to use.

  12. Most sheep are in wolves clothings. Wolves are no longer in sheep clothings. Boko haram-wolves are killing and bombing xtians in churches. Sheep inside the church are burning with fire and fuel. BRF should not think of prelogative of mercy.

  13. My own take is nt dat d outrageous and infamous canibal deserves to live by any standard. Wicheva punishment meted to him, in as much as he died is ok by me. BT AGAIN, dis sentiment in justice clothing shuld nt stop here bt must b xtended to other akin offences: d akpo six, d odi masacre, etc.

  14. D blame 1st of al goes to his folowers, test some spirits and see. Folowing al this new generation prophets blindly is risky. Christians shud study d bible intensivly as this wil help them to detect false prophet n their prophecies. Be guided. Mr King, d gud Lord wil show u mercy if only u confes ur wrong deeds. Say this prayer: Lord Jesus, i come b4 ur throne of mercy with my sin and wrong-doings, pls 4give me, from now henceforth, U are my Lord and personal Saviour, save my soul. If u have said this prayer, eventhough u die acording to d jugment meted on u, d gud Lord wil show mercy and acept ur soul. As for ur folowers, go and sin no more.

  15. I pity those that call them self his member. Rev king is wicked .u need to see how he use to flog his members ,whether young or old . Emeka Ezeugo is evil he will die . In Jesus name AMEN.

  16. Governor fashola should do his job by signing the execution papers asap and execution should be carried out at oshodi for all to have a good view from the fly overs.

  17. @dele & @david you people have your mouths and rights to say whatever you want to say in this forum after-all the judgement has already been passed, but let me tell you people that everything in nigeria that concerns an igbo man is about tribalism if it hasn’t occured to your memories, last year two yoruba guys were apprehended by the police with human heads and after two days in the police cell the smell of the body parts of other people the killed and and couldn’t put in the fridge bcos they intended tell sell some so that there would be chance in thier deep freezer before they were apprehended, the smell rose up and was so severe, and when neighbours called the police, it was gathered that there were up to four human bodies in parts, and what we heard was that they will be charged to court, up till now nothing has happened. and many other cases like that happens everyday. for as long as he’s an igbo man other tribe will want him dead. have you ever imagined if what the accused him of was not what happened? from what i heard i don’t think we should be one sided on issue like this. when a generator is on and somebody is trying to refill the gas or fuel he/she can easily catch fire, and if king was the rescue who came to the scene at that time an enemy will use it to nail him to the cross. the fulanis are killing people in tens and in hundreds everyday in that nigeria and nothing is happening, let an igbo man kill just one and people will shout crucify him.

  18. @babandhuaria THUNDER. FIRE THAT YOUR MOUNTH BY CALLING IGBO PEOPLE,WITHOUT IGBO TODAY WERE NIGERIA WILL BE,IS PRAYER OF IGBOS THAT IS WHY THIS EVIL MAN WAS BROGHT OUT BUT IF IT IS …YOROBAS PEOPLE THEY WILL SUPPORT THEIR OWN EVIL PEOPLE,NO MATTER WHATEVER HE OR HER MAYBE DOING , THAT WHY WE IGBOS ARE BEST PEOPLE IN NIGERIA TODAY,…L

  19. @babandhuaria THUNDER. FIRE THAT YOUR MOUNTH BY CALLING IGBO PEOPLE,WITHOUT IGBO TODAY WERE NIGERIA WILL BE,IS PRAYER OF IGBOS THAT IS WHY THIS EVIL MAN WAS BROGHT OUT BUT IF IT IS …YOROBAS PEOPLE THEY WILL SUPPORT THEIR OWN EVIL PEOPLE,NO MATTER WHATEVER HE OR HER MAYBE DOING , THAT WHY WE IGBOS ARE BEST PEOPLE IN NIGERIA TODAY,…YOU ARE BUT @

  20. If they dnt want to kill him let them set him free. Our country love to turn the hands of their clock backward. Because it has be written in the bible.Rev 13 vs 9 to 10.and It said.. Who has ear let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity and he that killeth with sword must killed with the sword…. And …. EXODUS 21 VS 20 DEATH IS THE PUNISHMENT FOR KILLING ANY OF YOUR SAVANT OR MAID .

  21. If they dnt want to kill him let them set him free. Our country love to turn the hands of their clock backward. Because it has be written in the bible.Rev 13 vs 9 to 10.and It said.. Who has ear let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity and he that killeth with sword must killed with the sword…. And …. EXODUS 21 VS 20 DEATH IS THE PUNISHMENT FOR KILLING ANY OF YOUR SAVANT OR MAID …!!

  22. Oyii or whatever you are called note that, you are not defending the course of the IGBOS, we are not violent people, so the said Rev Dr. King excesses and greediness is what brought him to this page today, he has it all but misused the grace and the opportunity given to him by God, so calling the lawyers names whether Yoruba or Hausa is irrelevant because they did not sent him to murdered his church members. I am an Igbo man and hate unnecessary ethnic war so if you are IGBO, Hausa Yoruba, Efik and so on, support or condemn evil act not taking side no matter who is involved, do not be like people who called themselves elder statesmen but lack the conscience moral hence they always support illegality. May God help us to do the right things always.

  23. This is purely a travesty of Justice because in the first place the Prosecution did not prove that the accused had any intent to kill the deceased, the Man of God Rev King took the deceased with the other four who sustained burns to the Hospital in his private Car and actually put them under medical care and used his Money to pay their Medical bills.If the Hospital had good Medical facilities the deceased would not have died as the other four survived.Immediately the Girl died all the enemies of Igbos in the Judiciary and Police found opportunity to destroy the CPA and Rev. King hiding under fake Justice.Godwin Akaluka was beheaded in Kano and his head put on a Spike and Islamists Youths marched round the City of Kano in jubilation and this was happening under the nose of NPF, SSS, Judiciary etc and nobody called for Justice and nobody was charged for Murder and nobody was sentenced to death.The Murder of Nine Igbos in Abuja called APO 9 is fresh in our minds and there was no substantial justice done and the killer Islamic Police Officer was said to have disappeared from Police Cell.And for the Office of Chief Justice of Nigeria to select Islamic Judges to hear a high Profile Case involving a popular Christian Pastor leaves much to be desired as there can never be seen a Justice.Tribal and Religious bigotry is the order of the day in Nigeria and as such it is a distasteful and shameful judgement that must be annulled by Supreme Court.

    • Please decamp from Mr. King’s church and save your sou – if you are a memberl. There’s a lot of brain washing going on in that church – e.g. why should members change their surnames to King? What brain washing is more than this? Your version of the incident is so defferent from what the public learned. Anyway, let’s await the Supreme court judgement.

    • ferdyokwu, we should be mindful of what we say, make ur investigation very well before you judge.Dogs are giving Bad names simply bcos they want to kill it. we should not Judge what we dont know.

  24. Oyii you are very wrong to say that the reason why Rev, King is sentenced to death is because he is an Igbo man, the people he killed are Igbos. But even if they are not Igbos, this King deserves death by hanging. Oyii why are you proud of evil, Why are you promoting evil?.

  25. Prince ojokolobo on

    Hon. Justice Oyewole is a fearless , incorruptible and courageous priest of the Temple of Justice , he is the likes of Lord Denning MR. You cannot easily fault his judgements,ask people like the PDP king pin Bode George. We need Judges like Justice Oyewole to fight corruption in this country not people like the FCT judge.

  26. @Eby,Jesus is not a killer like you and your forefathers.Why must Rev Kings die by hanging?Did the killer of Bola Ige die by hanging?Did the killer of Dele Giwa die by hanging?You people almost voted for the killer of Dele Giwa during 2007 general election.Are these killers different from Rev Kings?Nigeria is a failed nation.It is in Nigeria somebody who steals a goat worth N5,000 will be sentenced to 2 yrs imprisonment without any option of fine.It is in Nigerìa someone who steals N243 billion naira will be sentenced to the same 2 yrs imprisonment with an option of fine of N250,000.May thunder fire Nigeria judiciary.

  27. STOCKMAN BUTIK 200 OGUI RD ENUGU on

    Babanhumaira,hug high tention wire igbos is the jews of dis nation cal nija and we remain the greatest and the most gifted of de GOD of Abraham,Isaac and jecob.there is nothing u can do.

  28. Oyii ought to have remained silent instead of opening his mouth to utter such ridiculous statement to the judges. This issue is not a tribal matter but justice. A pastor suppose to preserve lives not to take life from people. What do you think the judgement will be like when he gets to heaven to face God who judges righteously. Oyii can you appeal for so called pastor in heaven? You better leaf Mr. pastor alone and let him face the reality of life. God says a sinner will not go unpunished.

  29. @oyii is, no doubt, a member of King’s church and sympathizer. Oyii is a terrible Nigerian that is blind to the truth. A terrible and cunning tribalist. A person who never deserves to be a leader. Oyii’s comment is a shame. I commend the likes of @Ezendigbo and @Orahachi who quickly disown his tribalistic comments. I pray for these likes, because their actions tell me that we have a future yet.

  30. Pity those that follow individuals instead of Christ. These gullible individuals that do not know their left from their right are always victims of religious exploitation by false and selfish religious leaders. If they are not buying jets out of the labour of gullible members, they are enjoying
    the female members with glee, including peoples wives who come for counselling and prayers. God have mercy.

  31. Methinks that this man should be burnt same way he roasted that girl,pour gasoline on him and light it period,he deserves that much

  32. The king said he set these people on fire in the name of Jesus. We need to find out if actually he was instructed by Christ to set them ablaze. Church is the opium of the Masses. All churches from A to Z are after your 10% tithe. They will kneel you down, muster some words and deep their hands into your pockets and proclaim you saved.

  33. Honestly we need to know the way we Condem people, is only God that can judge. who knows if what they are saying is the truth, Enough alligations was raise against TB Joshua in the early 80s,he was able to survive the storm bcos he never talk much, Baba Adeboye was setup with a woman in England, he was able to survive this bcos he never talk much,many many men of God were tempted, the withness said he only gave order, alligation that has no Video prove, now such man deserved to Die, as far as am concern, dis case is a setup, what will be the judgement of the man that blew up a Church (Bokoharram

  34. Barry clinton, maybe u should allow somebody to pour petrol on to ur wife, mother or ur daughter n apply light see whether she will die or not. U’re one of de most useless person. That ever commented on this forum. So king did not commit de murder intentionally, so tell me what did he think will happen . De likes of u barry are a disgrace to humanity.I only feel sorry for those people that follow these fake pastors like zombie. Not until de church goers start applying their owninterpretation, this kind of murder turn pastor will continue to kill innocent church goer. I say to rev king, I hope u burn in “Hell” when u finally meet ur satan.

  35. What a wicked justice. I am not surprised of the falling of the judiciary in Nigeria. This man did not set anybody on fire,this is a set up

  36. I just want to ask everyone of u, ar al of us not sinners? If Jesus can forgive us then we shuld be ready to forgive this man. If there is anything we should do for him now, it should be that we pray for him to repent before he dies because there’s no repentance in the grave.we should do this for him so that he wont be eternally in hell. Remember God values every repentant soul no mata how big the sins were.he is also part of those christ came to redeem.pls let us not end in judging him bt also pray for him.THANK YOU!

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