The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence passed on the founder of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, alias Rev King, by a Lagos High Court in Ikeja for the murder and attempted murder of some members of his church in 2006.
A seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court led by Justice Walter Onnoghen, in a unanimous verdict on Friday afternoon, dismissed the appeal filed by the cleric against the concurrent judgments of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja and Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, which had both convicted him of the alleged crimes.
The court in its lead verdict that was delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta said that “the facts of the case could have been lifted from horror film”, resolved all the 12 issues Ezeugo raised in his appeal.”
“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”, Justice Ngwuta held.
The controversial cleric, who is condemned to death by hanging, was arraigned before the Lagos High Court in Ikeja on September 26, 2006 on six counts of murder of a member of his church, Ann Uzoh, and attempted murder of five other devotees.