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Meet His Holiness, Reverend King Who Set His Church Members On Fire As Punishment For Fornication (Details below)

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On 26 September 2016, Chukuemeka Ezeugo popularly known as Reverend King was arraigned before the Lagos High Court on 6 charges of murder and attempted murder. He was arrested and charged to court primarily due to the murder of Ann Uzo, one of his members.

King is the general overseer of the Christ Praying Assembly (CPA). From the very moment he stepped into the scene in 2000, King sparked controversy.

When many pastors at that time wore exotic hairdos, Rev King preferred looking all a bit strange with his clean-shaven head and a long beard. His looks drew a lot of attention and in a very short while, his church situated at 1, CPA Base, off Bishop Ojo Drive, by Ugo Nnabuife Street, Ajao Estate axis of Lagos metropolis started bustling with members.

After a short while, tales of his crude ways became public. First reports emanated from how he brutalized his followers, flogging them like school-children for doing as little as going out to take a leak during service.

Afterward, there were messy tales, of women whose husbands came raging, claiming that he (Rev King) has been having illicit s3x with their wives in the name of deliverance.

During his trial in the Lagos High Court Ikeja, a witness, Edwin Akubue, who was later identified as a key and notable member of Reverend King’s Ministry, testified that Ezeugo was romantically involved with his wife prior to the events of the trial.

The cleric- whose members have ascribed as ‘His Holiness’, moved with stern-looking bouncers that pounce on and pummel anyone at his command.


In one of his quoted statements, Rev. King said;

“I am a preacher. I know that the spirit of witchcraft is against the Almighty God. If somebody is a liar, he is bewitching God. I don’t condone lies. Dr. King does not condone sin. I flog a lot. I have canes. If husband and wife mess up by having a misunderstanding, I have to settle them. But the person that is at fault, I must flog. If the person refuses to be flogged, I will send him out of the church.”

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His disturbing tales had been piling until 2006 when Rev King was arrested and prosecuted for killing a member of his church called Ann Uzoh.

He had set her on fire alongside six other members of his church; accusing them of fornication, a crime for which he sentenced them to death.

Years after the incidents, his church has continued to wax strong with his followers believing that like Jesus Christ, their spiritual leader is being persecuted, and a great miracle to save him from the hangman’s noose is still likely to come.

Although Reverend King has been in prison custody for over 11 years, several members of his church CPA, have kept a revered image of their pastor, marking his birthday in absentia and even continuing with services. In 2014, the Nigerian Monitor reported that CPA members bought spaces in Nigerian dailies to extol Reverend King’s virtues while hailing him as the light of the world.


On 26 February 2017, Rev appealed to the Supreme Court of Nigeria unanimously upholding the previous guilty ruling of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal and the initial court that tried Ezeugo, along with the sentence of death by hanging, with Justice Ngwuta remarking that “the facts of the case could have been lifted from a horror film.” Lagos State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, praised the final verdict. In 2018, Kazeem stated that clemency would be possible if Ezeugo was deserving of it

Ezeugo was also alleged to have filled the nomination form for Presidency and his posters were on the streets for the office of the president in the 2019 Nigerian general election under Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA). Although there were campaign posters of him circulating, some sources still dispute his candidacy as false.

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Chairman, Publicity Committee of the party, Brady Chijioke Nwosu, who is also a gubernatorial aspirant in Imo State on the same platform, told Saturday Sun that Rev. King is helping in mobilising people for the party, as he has a very large followership in the country, all of who are already identifying with the party. He, however, noted that the clergyman would go through primaries like other aspirants.


When reminded that Rev. King has been sentenced to death and still awaiting execution, he dismissed it, saying, there are examples of those who have come out of jail to assume high political offices in the country. His words;

“Forget about his conviction, he was innocent of the matter for which he was sentenced to death. It was a setup and phantom. How many courts have convicted those who have looted the country? He didn’t do anything. He is running for presidency, and his poster is everywhere.

“Obasanjo was also in prison and came out to become the president. Even former Abia State governor, T. A. Orji won governorship election while in prison custody. If Obasanjo could become president, then why not an innocent man that was set up and sentenced to death? Even before Rev. King was convicted, the media had already jailed him in the court of public opinion. So, it wasn’t easy for the judge not to follow public opinion.”

“This is Nigeria, even the people who have looted this country blind and brought misery to the people have not been sentenced to prison, but people conspired to jail a clergyman of repute. For what?”

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