A 37-year-old man identified as Melvin Oromidayo on Monday convicted and sentenced to 3 years Imprisonment for falsefully parading himself as a lawyer.
Melvin was asked to go and be cooling his legs at the Ilesa Correctional Centre by Ipetumodu Magistrate Court, in Osun State for an offence bordering on Forgery, Impersonation and Fraud.
The convict however pleaded guilty to all the charges preferred against him.
Presenting the case in the court, Police Prosecutor, Asp Joseph Adebayo said Melvin who has been parading himself as a lawyer and using same to swindle innocent citizens was arrested with a forged a stamp with the inscription: “MELVIN A OROMIDAYO ESQ, BARRISTER SOLICITOR REAL LEGAL CHAMBER”.
Adebayo 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.
The prosecutor said Melvin committed this offence on Jan 20, 2020 at Ipetumodu Magistrates’ Court, Ipetumodu, Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State.
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 stressed 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.
Asp Adebayo said the offence contravened sections 467(4) and 484 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The presiding Magistrate, Abosede Sarumi thereafter ordered the conviction of Melvin and sentenced him to 3 years Imprisonment with hard labour and without an option of fine.
She added that the sentenced would serve as deterrent to other offenders who are still in the street.
She added that the terms would run concurrently.