The Lagos State Government on Friday hailed the verdict of the Supreme Court which upheld the judgment of a Lagos High Court that sentenced the General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo (popularly known as Rev. King) to death by hanging.
Rev. King was sentenced to death by Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on January 11, 2007, for the murder of one of his church members, Ann Uzoh.
He was first arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder.
The apex court, in a lead judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, dismissed the appeal filed by Rev. King for lacking in merit and held that the facts of the case were ”like what you see in a horror movie.”
Reacting to the verdict, the state government, through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem said the judgment was another confirmation of the seriousness of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to be decisive in fighting crime in the state.
A statement issued by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs Unit, in the state Ministry of Justice, Bola Akingbade, quoted the commissioner as saying: “This is just another confirmation that the government of his Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is going to be very strong on fighting crime. Wherever a crime is committed, no matter how long it takes, the government of Lagos State will ensure that the perpetrators of those crimes face justice eventually.
“I salute the institution called the Supreme Court for this erudite judgment and I want to assure the public that we will continue and we will not relent in our fight to make Lagos a safer, secure and more prosperous state.”