By Philips Sunday
The Supreme Court of Nigeria, sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, will today, Friday, February 26, 2016, pass judgment in the appeal filed by the General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, popularly known as Reverend King challenging the judgement of a Lagos High Court sentencing him to death by hanging.
Recall Mr. Ezeugo was charged to court by the Lagos State Government on the 26 of September, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder of one of his members, Ann Uzoh on August 2nd 2006.
Although he pleaded not guilty to the allegation but he was sentenced to death by the then Justice Joseph Oyewole of Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on January 11, 2007 for the murder of one of his church members, Ann Uzoh.
The Lagos State Government also accused Mr. Zeugo of pouring petrol on the deceased and five other persons, which also led to the death of Uzoh on August 2, 2006; 11 days after the act was perpetrated on her.
He was then sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the attempted murder and death by hanging for the offence of murder, but he appealed the verdict of the High court, at the Court of Appeal, which also quashed his appeal.
Justice Fatimo Akinbami, who presided over the case, said “I hereby rule that the prosecution effectively discharged the burden of proof on it. This appeal is devoid of any basis and accordingly fails. The judgment of the High Court is hereby affirmed, and the conviction imposed on the appellant, (which is death by hanging) is also affirmed,” Justice Akinbami ruled.
Dissatisfied by the verdict of the Appeal court, Mr. Ezeugo, approached the Apex court, who adjourned his case on the first sitting after entertaining arguments from counsel to prosecution and defence in the matter to Friday, February, 26, 2016, for further hearing.
Howbeit, Mr. Ezeugo will know his fate later today as Justice Walter Onoghen, is expected to deliver his judgement on the appeal brought before him by Mr. Ezeugo today.