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Court sentences ‘lawyer’ to five years in prison for defrauding client



A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has sentenced a 64-year-old fake lawyer, Folorunsho Olayanju to five years in prison.

Justice Peter Lifu handed down the sentence to Olayanju who was charged with six counts of fraud, impersonation and stealing.

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

Ogunleye said that the convict defrauded the victim with the pretence of using the money as a professional fee for the prosecution of his case at the Supreme Court.

He 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.

In his ruling, Justice Lifu noted 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.

In his ruling, Justice Lifu found Olayanju guilty of the crime and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment 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.

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