Following the death sentence that was upheld against the General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, aka Rev. King by the the Supreme Court, some of his neighbours have called on the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode to quickly sign the pastor’s death warrant for the immediate commencement of his execution.
A landlord in Ajao Estate, who lives next to where the church is based hailed the Supreme Court for the judgement, noting that he expected it. According to the landlord, who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity;
“Now, we need the governor to quickly sign the papers, because if he does not, we are in trouble.
“The church members had been saying they would take over our houses and they had been threatening to deal with some of us. They ask us to just wait for his return and see what would happen.
“That was why immediately we heard the news of the judgement, we were happy. In fact, if I cannot talk for others, I can tell you that I am very happy. I am happy because it marks the end of a group constituting a nuisance to us.”
Another landlord, who also wants to be anonymous for security reasons, said he wants the Governor to endorse the death warrant as soon as possible.
“I hope the governor will not be afraid of signing it. He should do it on time.
“The truth is that the church has not impacted the community in any way. We are waiting for what will happen next after this.”
In a statement issued on Friday through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the Lagos state government said the judgement against Rev. King is an emphatic statement pointing to the seriousness of the state government in fighting crime.
The news of Rev. King’s death sentence was heart-dampening to his followers who claims that it is the hand work of witches and wizards, but despite the judgement, they still believe that somehow, God will turn the tide in their favour and cause their pastor to “return to join us.”
The sentence was passed on Rev. King on Friday, 26th February, 2016 which coincidentally happens to be his birthday and some of his members took to Facebook to celebrate their revered pastor, wishing him a happy birthday. One of these loyalists is Janeka Sikwu King, who wrote on her Facebook page,
“Today the 26th day of January 2016 is the day. Happy birthday to my lovely and sweetest Daddy G.O, his holiness, the most honourable, Dr. Reverend King. The man of the moment, every moment and the final moment.
“The last preacher of the world, the light of the world; he that will judge this world. Whether the world believes it or not, it can never be changed. The love of my life, the peace that brought peace to me, the man that singly (sic) destroyed the kingdom of darkness. The name that spirits and humans fear; the name that saves when it seems all hope is lost.
“What am I without my Daddy G.O? I thank God for your coming into this world and you must live and reign for ever for us in Jesus’ name, amen. Happy birthday daddy.”
The birthday celebration which was nothing like it used to be, was however crowned during the Sunday service of yesterday at the church’s Lagos headquarters at Ajao Estate, off the Murtala Muhammad Airport Road, with Pastor Ifeanyi King, as the preacher. In the course of his preaching he said;
“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.
“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.”
To every word he spoke, there was a loud chorus of ‘Amen’ by the congregation who sang hymns and danced to mark their G.O’s birthday.