The Supreme Court has affirmed the death sentence that was earlier handed to the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, also known as Rev. King, by the Lagos State High Court.
In a unanimous judgment on Friday afternoon, a seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court led by Justice Walter Onnoghen, sentenced the clergy to death by hanging.
In a lead verdict delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the court dismissed the appeal Rev. King lodged before it.
According to Justice Ngwuta “the facts of the case could have been lifted from horror film”.
He however resolved all the 12 issues Ezeugo raised in his appeal, ruling that the appeal has no merit.
“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.
Recall that Ezeugo was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder.
He was on January 11, 2007, convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for the alleged murder of his church member, Ann Uzoh and attempted murder on five others.