One Melvin Oromidayo, was found out to be a fake lawyer and was sentenced to 3-year Imprisonment by a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ipetumodu, Osun State over impersonation. It was learnt that the 37-year-old was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to three-count charge of forgery and impersonation. While sentencing the fake lawyer, Magistrate Abosede Sarumi, condemned the conduct of Oromidayo, wondering the countless sorrows the fake lawyer could have caused the grieved families who sees lawyer as their saviour. The Magistrate said “On count one, two, three, I sentenced him to three years calendar months imprisonment on each count respectively with hard labour and without an option of fine”. She added that the terms would run concurrently. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Asp Joseph Adebayo, presented the fact of the case to the court that the convict committed the offence on Jan 20, 2020 at Ipetumodu Magistrates’ Court, Ipetumodu, Ife North Local Government Area of Osun. Adebayo said that the convict forged a stamp with the inscription: “MELVIN A OROMIDAYO ESQ, BARRISTER SOLICITOR REAL LEGAL CHAMBER” which known to be false. He added that the convict intended that the same stamp be acted upon as genuine with the impression of presenting himself as qualified lawyer, called to the Nigeria Bar. According to him, the convict fraudulently uttered a false document with inscription :MELVIN A OROMIDAYO ESQ, BARRISTER SOLICITOR REAL LEGAL CHAMBER” which presented him to the public as a qualified and call to Bar Lawyer. The Prosecutor stated further that the convict wrote a statement at the police station that he finished from Law School, Enugu, but failed at the final exam. Adebayo expressed further that on Jan 21, he opened up and confessed he is not a law student neither attended any University, but went to Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, studied Estate Management. Adebayo stated that the offence contravened sections 467(4) and 484 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
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