Fake lawyer sentenced to five years in prison

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A 64-year-old man, Folorunsho Olayanju who falsely presented himself as a lawyer has been sentenced to five years in prison by a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo.

Olayanju who was charged with six counts of fraud, impersonation and stealing was convicted by the presiding judge, Justice Peter Lifu.

According to the prosecutor, Muyiwa Ogunleye, the convict defrauded one Hammed Bamidele of N2,250,000.

Ogunleye revealed that the convict defrauded the victim with the pretext of using the funds as a professional fee for the prosecution of his case at the Supreme Court.

Ogunleye said the offences were contrary to sections 383 and 484 of the criminal code and sections 1(1) (a) (b) & (2) and 1(1)(c), of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Justice Lifu noted in his judgement, that the prosecutor has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt, hence convicted Olayanju.

The convict, who had no legal representation pleaded with the court and promised not to go back to crime if given a second chance.

However, Justice Lifu found Olayanju guilty of the crime and sentenced him to one year in prison on each of the counts two to five without the option of fine.

He held that the jail term should run concurrently and he should also restitute the sum of N2,250,000 to the complainant.