In the 15 years since its founder, Reverend King, was jailed for the murder of one of his members and the attempted murder of five others, the Christian Praying Assembly, which was created by the now incarcerated pastor, is now a shell of its former self.
The church, which used to be renowned for the large number of automobiles and attendance present on Sundays, has faded from prominence.
After visiting the church and being mistaken for a newbie, a Punch News correspondent obtained information about how Sunday services are being held there, including prayers that the pastor is said to have sent to the congregation's remaining members.
When one of his church members, Ann Uzoh, was brutally murdered, the media focused on Reverend King. It's been reported that Ann Uzoh and five other women were assaulted with harsh items because they were accused of immorality by the group's head. Once they were all together, he set them on fire with fuel that he'd poured on them while they were still being beaten. Ann Uzoh, who suffered 65 percent burns, died as a result of her injuries while five other victims perished in the horrific accident.
It took him 20 years in prison for the five murder attempts and the death penalty for the killing of Ann Uzoh.
It was upheld after he didn't show up with his generator which he claimed caused an explosion and killed the victim in court of appeal.
It was like something out of a horror movie, according to the Supreme Court Justice who heard the case. Later Lagos governors, including as Governors Tinubu and Fashola and Ambode and presently Governor SanwoOlu, refused to sign or pardon his death warrant, hence he has not been put to death.
According to the Punch reporter who went to the church, everything appeared to be normal except for the vast number of empty seats. It appeared as though the church's members still revered the pastor and adhered to his beliefs.
Then a pastor stepped out and read a prayer letter he claimed to be from the GO himself. After that, the crowd fell silent. Inmates in Nigerian prisons, according to a Nigerian correctional officer who requested anonymity, are allowed to receive visits.
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