A Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State has slammed a three years jail term with hard labour on a fake lawyer, Adedeji Ebenezer Oluwagbenga.
The Chief Magistrate B.A Somorin who sentenced Oluwagbenga on one count said the sentence is with hard labor and without the option of fine.
Disclosing this to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Oluwaegbenga, who was arrested on August 5 at Itori Chief Magistrate Court where he appeared for a client, was convicted on Wednesday, August 12.
According to Oyeyemi, the convict was arraigned on one count charge of unlawful and illegal appearance as a lawyer. He said the suspect initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, but later changed his plea to guilty when he was confronted with evidence.
“The convict was arrested during a court session at Itori Chief Magistrate Court when his conduct was not in any way in tandem with the practice of somebody who has been called to the bar, which was also noticed by the Magistrate himself.
Oluwagbenga was subsequently detained at the Ewekoro Police Station from where he was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for diligent prosecution.
The fake lawyer, was however, arraigned and sentenced to prison for being impostor” the PPRO stated.