The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him… Ezekiel 18:20 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things… Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Call him a sociopath or psychopath if you like… but you will not be far from the truth for condemned pastor and founder of the Lagos-based Christian Praying Assembly, CPA, Rev Emeka Ezeugo King; for deserves to be hanged, for enacting a form of horror movie which resulted in the death in 2006 of Ms Ann Uzoh. Simply put, he has to pay for his sins against unsuspecting members of his church whom he chose to abuse, subdue, malign, coerce and intimidate for his selfish, nay devilish, intentions. And like every sin thought to be hidden, his manifold evil against humanity became exposed, and die he has to die.
As the News Editor of a national newspaper in 2006 when the evil machinations of the supposed man of God were exposed providentially, I never failed to cast the headline of any story about Rev. King with the kicker: Killer Pastor! Yes, this I did, given my unadulterated belief that the soul that sinneth, it shall die; save of course there is genuine repentance. But the stories that emanated from liberated members of his church when Lagos state government began prosecution of the case underscored the fact that the pastor had long been somebody affected with some personality disorder marked by aggressive, violent, antisocial thought and behaviour and a lack of remorse or empathy.
And thank God that my colleagues at that stable then agreed with me all the way.
Thus, when the Supreme Court of Nigeria a few days ago, upheld the rulings of the lower courts and ruled that the self-styled “little god”, “Jesus Christ of our time”, Killer Pastor will die by hanging, I heaved a sigh of relief that at last a Daniel in the form of the Justices of the apex court had come to judgement.
It could not have been any other way. The evidences put forward by erstwhile, beaten, battered and bewildered members of CPA were iron cast; they would easily sway my aged grandma back in Ewu, Edo state on the side of justice for the oppressed.
For instance, one Miss Susan Chizoba, a former maid of the general overseer of the church revealed how she served the pastor as a maid for seven years, stark naked. Her unsuspecting parents had taken her to Reverend King’s home in 2000 believing it to be a Christian home.
Hear her evidence: “When I came to live with the accused (Rev. King), he told me that I would be his permanent maid and that I would agree not to marry. He said anytime I wanted to serve him I must be stark naked which I did. No pant, no bra, I would be completely nude before him and I did this not once, not twice, but for several years.
“He also ordered me not to tell any member of my family where I was living. He gave me a ring which I always put on to indicate that I am his permanent maid and all this he made me to put into writing. I am a member of the Lord’s Army and we bully people, putting fear into them and molesting them.
“Rev. King is a very violent person, he would beat us mercilessly and as a result we always had wounds on our bodies. He called himself god, the owner of the universe and could do anything. We knew this was not true but out of fear we could not challenge him.
“On the 22nd July 2006 the day of the fire incident, a sister named Kelechi came to call me from the boys quarter of the Rev. King’s house where we were staying that the accused wanted to see me.
“When I got to him, he did not even allow me to kneel down as we usually did when talking to him before he started beating me with stick, rod and anything he could find. I started crying, shouting and begging him not to kill me. It was then I noticed others who were there; Cosy, Chiejile, Jessica, Ann, Vivian and Kelechi.
“He accused me that I lied to him that Chiejile did not sleep with me whereas Chiejile had confessed to him that he slept with me. But Chiejile never did; he only said that so that the accused (Rev. King) would not kill him.
“He said he would kill all of us. He then asked Kelechi to go and bring fuel and matches but when she brought it he told her that the petrol was not enough and that she should go and bring more which was brought in a very large plastic container. He then marched us out of the room saying he did not want to burn his rug and chair. While we were outside his room but within the church compound, Kelechi poured petrol on us on his orders and he struck the first match which did not catch fire.
“When he struck the second match, we were all engulfed in fire but I did not know how I managed to escape from there and I ran back to our apartment. When I noticed that Ann had been taken to the hospital, I ran out in my night gown and I never came back to the church. I came out of the place by the grace of God. I am free now, I am no longer under the spell of the accused person.”
Chizoba gave this statement back in 2006 before an Ikeja High Court. At the time, Rev. King was on trial for the murder of one of his members, Miss Ann Uzor and attempting to murder five others by pouring petrol on them and setting them ablaze. The pastor had his death sentence upheld by the Supreme Court on Friday, February 26, 2016.
Like Rev King, like Rev Jim Jones
Between the Killer Pastor and Rev Jim Jones of the famous Guyana massacre, I find a lot of similarities. Simply put, the two are sociopaths who have no business being around the community of the sane. Late Rev. Jones, according to reports, grew from a 1960s idealist to the architect of the November 1978 mass murder/suicide of members of Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana that shook the entire humanity.
Like Rev King turned his prayer ministry to a house of blood, so did Rev Jones turn his supposed agricultural project for teeming youths and families into a slave camp culminating in the Guyana mass murders. He had to lead his all-believing followers to commit mass suicide by drinking poison while still deceiving them their death will take them to the Lord’s bosom.
Though Guyana tragedy, the true life film that arose from the ashes of the Guyana massacres made box office sales across the world, it has never removed from the fact that inspite of the pressures of life, the hardships et al, humanity will never have a safe haven for murderers in the name of God, Rev King inclusive.
Insofar as one’s words, thoughts and actions are not in consonance with the expectations of God in Philippians 4:8 as stated above, in His mysterious ways and at His own time, God will shame the wicked. So, like Rev Jones, die, Rev. King must die.