King Turned Me to Sex Machine, Witness Tells Court

By AbdulWahab Abdulah, Yomi Ologunleko & Bose Awoyemi
Vanguard [Nigeria]
October 12, 2006

Court officials and audience, including some followers of Emeka Ezeugo (Rev King), Pastor and founder of the Christian Praying Assembly(CPA), who witnessed yesterday's proceedings of the murder charge preferred against the clergy were stunned when a prosecution witness, Miss Kelechi Chike, told the court how the church leader allegedly committed sexual abuse against the church members.

The startling revelation by the witness who was once a member and a Reverend Sister in CPA revealed the alleged atrocity being committed in the church "was unimaginable as I was ordained as a Rev Sister but I was turned into a sex machine by the accused person."

Kelechi, alias Queen, one of the prime witnesses in the case told Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Ikeja High Court that, "I was in bondage when I was there (CPA), it is only God that would save those who are still in that church."

However, when the witness was giving her evidence, the embattled Rev King was uncomfortable in the dock as he was moving from one end to the other. It got to a point when he almost stood up from his seat. Some of his followers who were in the court room expressed disgust as Kelechi was revealing unprintable deeds of the pastor in an emotion-laden voice.

Also, late Ann's father, Mr Ralph Uzor, who testified yesterday painted a pitiable picture of how he told his deceased daughter to leave the church, but his plea fell on deaf ears.

According to him, parents should endeavour to ensure their wards are properly monitored. He said "I have ceased to be crying, you can imagine someone losing his child to this type of situation."

In her testimony, Kelechi who was led in evidence by the state DPP, Mrs. Bola Okikiolu-Ighile, said that she had four abortions for the Reverend, while the medical practitioner who attended to her cautioned that she may eventually have an incurable disease of the womb.

Before the love affairs, she confessed that "he (King) used to beat me every day. He threatened to kill and destroy me if I ever dare to run away. He not only inflicted a physical pain, he placed me under covenant. In CPA, nobody argues against him, that is why I could not go home."

She also disclosed that, "he was once married to me and unmarried me within two weeks when my parents refused the N200,000 he offered as dowry through my sister who was there. They (parents) were not there (at the ceremony in his church) they insisted on knowing the husband of their child. Please permit me to say this so that others still in the church would know the truth. I was a virgin, he was the one who deflowered me."

Continuing, Kelechi said, "he always had sex with me. What I know was that I was under spell then. I told him about what the Doctor said that I may lose my womb, he responded that it would even be better so that I will not be pregnant for him again."

She also said that she was persuaded to abandon her parents, who instituted an action against them (her parents) in a court.

According to her, the case was filed by a lawyer who is a member of the church, Mr Ebele Obi, and that he went to the court twice.

"I went through torture and I had nowhere to run to. He made me to go to the human rights commission to disown my parents and I took the case to court," she said.

Giving his own evidence, Mr Uzoh, who is the father of the deceased said, "I am here because of my daughter who was murdered by the accused person." He said his daughter only collected money from him when she got an admission only to refuse to return home but informed him that she had relocated to CPA.

The witnesses also corroborated evidence earlier given on how Ann, the deceased was allegedly set ablaze by Rev King, after being doused with petrol leading to her death.

However, the defence counsel, Mr Mike Okoye, while cross-examining the witnesses said they only ganged up to nail Rev. King and put his name into disrepute.

The matter continues today.


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