Following Friday’s affirmation of the death sentence passed on the General Overseer of Christian Praying Assembly (CPA) Chukwuemeka Ezeugo (aka Rev. King), by the Supreme Court, members of his church have described the ruling as the work of ‘witches and wizards’.
According to the Nation newspapers, the church members expressed belief in the fact that Reverend King will not be hanged and that he will “return to join us.”
They are reported to have said this during Sunday’s church service at the Lagos headquarters of the church located at Ajao Estate, off the Murtala Muhammad Airport Road.
In his sermon at the service, Pastor Ifeanyi preached that: “Our G.O. (General Overseer) the most holiness, Rev King, is coming back. He said he would come back and we believe the words of his mouth. We believe his report that he is coming back. Everything happening now we know is the handiwork of witches and wizard. Soon a new story will emerge.”
He further affirmed that: “Whether people realise it or not, everybody now knows his holiness, our G.O. Rev King. The front pages of newspapers are flooded with his name. People are yearning to read about him in the social media. I can confirm to you that by all these, a lot of people have become endeared to him. Our Daddy G.O. shall live forever for us in Jesus name.”
His words, according to the report, were followed by shouts of “Amen” by the congregation, who sang hymns and danced to mark the birthday of Reverend King.
Like King, and most members of the congregation, Pastor Ifeanyi sported a clean shaved head and bushy beards. Also all the pastors at the church were said to be using ‘King’ as their surname.
King was in 2007 sentenced to death by a Lagos State High Court over the death of his church member after he purportedly set her on fire.
He had appealed and lost his case at the Court of Appeal before going on to appeal his death sentence at the Supreme Court, where he lost again.
Coincidentally, his death sentence was affirmed on Friday, which was also his birthday.