A 52-year-old man, named Emmanuel Ojo, has been sentenced to two and a half year for parading himself as a lawyer.
He was not given an option of fine. Ojo had been 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.
While delivering her judgement, Magistrate Abiola Richard sentenced the accused to 30 months imprisonment without an option of fine.
The police prosecutor, Mr. Sunday Ogunremi said that 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 27th, 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 offence 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 jail term.