A 52-year-old man, Emmanuel Ojo, has been sentenced to two and a half years for parading himself as a lawyer. He was not given an option of fine.
He was apprehended by the Oyo State branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, and arraigned at the Magistrates’ Court 2, Iyaganku, Ibadan on March 27, he was caught while appearing as a lawyer in the court.
He pleaded guilty to the two-count charge. Ojo was arraigned for conspiracy, impersonation and announcing himself as a lawyer. Delivering judgement, the Magistrate, Mrs. Abiola Richard, sentenced the accused to 30 months imprisonment without an option of fine.
The prosecutor, Mr. Sunday Ogunremi, said the accused and others at large, between 2010 and 2017, at Mobolaji Law Chambers, 1, Winners Way, Basorun, Ibadan, conspired to impersonate as lawyers.
He recalled that on March 27, the accused announced himself as a counsel and held brief in a case, but was later found to be an impersonator.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Section 516 and 484 Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.
The accused was later moved to Agodi Prisons where he will serve his term.
Source: Sikiru Akinola
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