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In Abuja Supreme Court fixes Feb. 26 for judgement on Rev. King's death sentence

He had appealed the death sentence of the Lagos court after pleading not guilty to the allegation against him.

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The Supreme Court sitting in Abuja has fixed February 26, 2016 for the judgement of Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo popularly known as Reverend King who was sentenced to death by hanging by a Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.

He had appealed the death sentence of the Lagos court after pleading not guilty to the allegation against him.

Apearing before the Supreme Court today were Lagos State Attorney-General, Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, the Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs Idowu Alakija and other Senior Counsel in the State. They urged the court to dismiss court to throw out the appeal and affirm the death sentence judgement.

Justice Walter Onoghen, who presided over the apex court, adjourned for judgment after entertaining arguments from counsel to prosecution and defence in the matter.

Rev. King was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder. He was sentenced to death on January 11, 2007 by Justice Joseph Oyewole, who is now a judge of the Appeal Court sitting in the Calabar division.

The 'pastor' was said to have murdered one of his church members, Ann Uzoh.

The Lagos State Government had said Rev. King poured petrol on Uzoh on August 2, 2006, and the woman died 11 days after the incident. He allegedly did the same to five other persons.

Specifically, he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the attempted murder and death by hanging for the offence of murder.

King had challenged teh verdict before the Court of Appeal in Lagos but the Court threw out the appeal and affirmed the judgement of the High Court.

He then approached the Supreme Court to nullify the judgement. His fate will however be determined next year, Feb. 26.


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