Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the concurrent judgments of a High Court of Lagos State and the Court of Appeal which slammed a death sentence on the General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Reverend King.
In a unanimous judgment the apex court held that the two lower courts were right to have sentenced Rev Ezeugo to death by hanging for the murder of a member of his church.
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who delivered the lead judgment resolved all the twelve issues the Reverend raised in his appeal against him.
He also said the first five count against the Ezeugo was for attempted murder which carried a penalty of 20 years imprisonment, while the 6th count was for murder, which attracted a death sentence by hanging.
Justice Ngwuta, in the judgement held that the 20 years imprisonment for attempted murder was no longer necessary, adding however that, “From the fact of the case, the scene could have been taken from a horror movie.
“Having considered the arguments of parties in this matter, I am of the view that the appeal has no merit.”
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