This post is on the Biography of Pastor Reverend King whose real name is Chukwuemeka Ezeugo. He is a popular Christian preacher from Anambra State, South-east Nigeria whose fame began after the alleged murder of a church member of his denomination, Ann Uzoh.
Early life and education
Pastor King was born in Umulekwe village in Achina community of Aguata local government area, Anambra State, Nigeria. He had his basic education at Premier Primary School, Onitsha. He also obtained a degree in Psychology at the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
Ezeugo aka Reverend King is the founder of Christian Praying Assembly. He was the general overseer until September 2006.
The Trial of Pastor Reverend King
According to Wikipedia, on the 26 September 2016, he was arraigned before the Lagos high court on a 6 count charge of murder and attempted murder. He was arrested and charged to court chiefly because of the murder of one of his members named Ann Uzoh, of which he pledged ‘not guilty’ she was said to have died as a result of the so-called “Pastor” setting her ablaze the reason eye witnesses gave as pertains this actions was that he caught the victim in the act of fornication.
In whole, a total of 10 witnesses came forward, swore with either a Bible or Koran and testified to the fact that Reverend King was the perpetrator and that he was guilty. The lawyer defending Reverend King debunked the statements of the 10 witnesses, pointing out the discrepancies in their statements, which however was true, the witnesses made some contradicting statements to their earlier statements.[clarification needed]
These errors were however too little to prove anything substantial as the presiding judge, Justice Joseph Oyewole, of The Lagos High Court Ikeja, on 11 January 2007 found him guilty of the murder of Ann Uzoh and sentenced him to death by Hanging. Although, the verdict for attempted murder earned him 20 years in the penitentiary, whilst the verdict for murder was death by hanging.
- Illicit sex with members
With his trial in the Lagos High Court Ikeja, one of the witnesses who came forward to testify was a man named Edwin Akubue, who was later identified as a key and notable member of Reverend King’s Ministry made it open knowledge that the General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly before his court cases or any allegation was romantically involved with his wife.
Reverned King affirmed the allegations of him molesting his church members when he made this statements in the court of law.
“I am a preacher. I know that the spirit of witchcraft is against the Almighty God. If somebody is a liar, he is bewitching God. I don’t condone lie. Dr. King does not condone sin. I flog a lot. I have canes. If husband and wife mess up by having misunderstanding, I have to settle them. But the person that is at fault, I must flog. If the person refuses to be flogged, I will send him out of the church.”
- Sexual perversion
During the trial, a female student named Miss Chibuzor was brought in to testify, by the then director of public persecutions named Mrs Bola Okikiolu-Ighile
Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, with the sobriquet, “Reverend King” was very disappointed with the verdict of the Lagos State High Court and challenged it right there, as he uttered words that portrayed his disappointment. The case was pushed to the Lagos State Court Of Appeal as Reverend wasn’t so pleased with the verdict issued, however the case was thrown out by the Lagos State Court Of Appeal which even enforced the earlier verdict, a once again disappointed Reverend King and his lawyer took the case to the highest court in Nigeria, the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria on 26 February 2017, unanimously agreed to follow the original verdict in 2006, which read, that he should be put to death by hanging. 26 February ironically was his birthday. Now, from 2006–2017, 11 years, he had been in jail without any option of bail, as evidence against him was highly incriminating.
Latest News on Pastor Reverend King’s Trail and Hanging
According to the Sun Newspapers, Some inmates on death row in Lagos State prisons face imminent execution, among whom is the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, said the development was at the instruction of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
He said that the state had begun reviewing the matter after prison officials complained of the highhandedness of some death row inmates who felt that they had certain rights which excluded them from being executed.
The Attorney-General assured that, unlike previous administrations, Governor Ambode would sign the necessary documents to execute those on death row.
A PM News report quoted Kazeem saying “Very soon, you will see the action of this government on that issues, we are reviewing the case on Rev. King and others on death row.