Lagos confirms Reverend King, and others to be executed

By Kenneth Kabiri

Lagos attorney-general Kazeem says the government is working on de-congesting the prison facilities in the state by promptly executing those on death row.

Reverend King and all those who have been on death roll for long are among those set to have a date with the hangman's noose. Kazeem notes that the government's decision is partly based on the concerns raised by prison officials about the congested state of the state's detention facilities.

In the light of this development, the Lagos State Government is  now set to execute General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly Chukwuemeka Ezeugo aka Reverend King. A reliable source said on Tuesday, April 18 that barring last minute change King and others on death row in Lagos prisons would be hanged very soon. 

This was confirmed by the state's Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Adeniji Kazeem at a ministerial press conference.

Reverend King has been incarcerated for years and a Supreme Court has upheld the judgment of a lower court that he should be executed.

Kazeem said: “Very soon, you will see the action of this government on that issue, we are reviewing the case on Rev. King and others on death roll.

He said,"Lots of people are on death row, Rev. King is not the only one on death row. It is on the instruction of Ambode that I visited the prisons recently and I discussed the issue with the prison officials and they expressed concern.  "We are moving in that direction of signing the death warrant for execution. The prison officials said we need to look at that seriously.

Those on death row are beginning to think they have some rights. We are going to move in that direction, you will hear from me, but I will not tell you the exact date." recalls that the Supreme Court, led by the lead judge Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, vacated the five 20 years jail handed to King by a federal high court in Lagos and ruled that the death sentence by the Lagos court be upheld.

 According to Ngwuta, the facts against Rev. King were like such that are seen only in horror movies. Ngwuta further stated that the appeal lacked merit thus case discharged.

 The controversial general overseer of Christian Praying Assembly in Lagos was initially sentenced to death by a Lagos high court after he was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder. King had poured petrol on Ann Uzoh and five other members of his church and set them on fire. While Uzoh died, the others sustained serious injuries. King was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for the murder charge and 20 years imprisonment for the attempted murder charges.

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