A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ipetumodu, Osun State, has sentenced a fake lawyer, identified as Melvin Oromidayo (37), to three years imprisonment for impersonation.
The presiding judge, Magistrate Abosede Sarumi, said “a sinner must not go unpunished” after Oromidayo pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of forgery, impersonation and fraud.
The magistrate maintained that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to the convict and other offenders.
The magistrate, who condemned the conduct of Oromidayo, noted that the convict must have caused many families a lot of trouble.
In her judgement, she ruled: “On count one; two, three, I sentenced you to three years calendar months’ imprisonment on each count respectively with hard labour and without an option of fine. The sentence will run concurrently.”
Before Oromidayo was convicted, the Prosecutor, Joseph Adebayo, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, presented the fact of the case to the court that the convict committed the offence on January 20, 2020, at Ipetumodu Magistrates’ Court, Ipetumodu, Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State.
According to him, the convict forged a stamp, with the inscription: “Melvin A. Oromidyo ESQ, Barrister Solicitor Real Legal Chamber”, which he said was false.
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, who was called to the Nigerian bar.