On Wednesday, Justice Peter Lifu of a federal high court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state, sentenced a 64-year-old man, Folorunsho Olayanju, to one year in prison for claiming to be a lawyer.
The convict was charged with six counts of fraud, impersonation, and stealing.
He was accused of defrauding one Hammed Bamidele of N2,250,000 under the guise of using the money as a professional fee for the prosecution of his case at the Supreme Court.
The offenses violated sections 383 and 484 of the Criminal Code, as well as sections 1(1)(a)(b) & (2) and 1(1)(c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Mr. Muyiwa Ogunleye, the prosecutor, was found to have proven his case beyond a reasonable doubt by Justice Lifu, and Olayanju was convicted as a result.
The convict, who had no legal representation, pleaded with the court to be merciful, promising that if given a second chance, he would never return to crime.
In his decision, Justice Lifu sentenced him to one year in prison on each of counts two through five, without the option of a fine.
The Judge ruled that the jail term should run concurrently, and that he should also refund the complainant N2,250,000.
He also ruled that the sentence should begin on March 25, 2021, when the convict was re-arrested.