- Sentenced to 10 months imprisonment
A fake lawyer, Itopa Peter Adogun, who practised the law profession for a period of 10 years in Kwara State before he was arrested and prosecuted, has bagged a 10-month jail term for impersonation.
The convict, who practiced law in Ilorin for 10 years under the name “Barrister I. T. David” and allegedly won cases at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, was arraigned before an Ilorin Chief Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of impersonation and wearing a dress or carrying token used by public officers.
The Point had exclusively reported the arrest and arraignment of the fake lawyer early this year for certificate and identity theft.
The convict, who was initially arraigned in January 2017, denied all the charges preferred against him, but later made a u-turn on June 21, 2017, when he pleaded guilty to all the charges.
Following his admittance of guilt that he’s not a lawyer, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. I. O. Olawoyin, ordered that the First Information Report be read again to the accused person.
The prosecution team led by Ayoola Idowu Akande later sought an adjournment to substitute the FIR
to enable speedy dispensation of the matter, which was granted by the court.
In his ruling, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. I. O. Olawoyin, found the accused guilty of the two- count charge preferred against him and sentenced him to a 10-month imprisonment with a N10, 000 option of fine.
The convict was initially arraigned in court by the police for certificate and identity theft.
He was arrested by the police on the strength of a petition filed on behalf of the Ilorin branch of the Nigerian Bar Association by its Legal Adviser, Oyetunji Ojuokaiye.
The NBA had complained that the convict fraudulently obtained credentials belonging to one Inufin David Taiwo, an Abuja-based lawyer, under the guise of helping him to secure job in an oil company, only to later relocate to Ilorin to start practising as a lawyer using the photocopied documents.