By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
An Osun State Magistrate Court sitting in Ipetumodu on Monday sentenced a fake lawyer, Melvin Oromidayo, 37 years to three years imprisonment over impersonation.
Magistrate Abosede Sarumi said that since the convict had pleaded guilty to the three-count charge of forgery, Impersonation and fraud, he will not go unpunished.
She added that the punishment would serve as a deterrent to other offenders and the convict as well.
Sarumi condemned the conduct of Oromidayo, wondering the countless sorrows he would have caused families who see a 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, informed 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”.
He added that the convict intended that the same stamp be acted upon as genuine with the impression of presenting himself as a 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 further told the court 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.