A 27-year-old man impersonating a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has been sentenced to one year in prison by Justice Mojisola Dada of a Special Offences Court sitting in Lagos.
The convict, Raphael Omotayo, was first arraigned on February 5, 2018 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly parading himself as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.
He initially pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea on Tuesday before the sentencing, and the trial judge held that the sentence will run from the date of his arrest.
Investigations by the EFCC unearthed some documents in Omotayo’s computer where he pretended to be a SAN in order to defraud an American, one Ms. Juliet of an undisclosed amount of money.
Suspecting foul play, Ms. Juliet, had petitioned the EFCC who swung into action and arrested him on offences contravening Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, Daily Trust writes.
Justice Dada said that EFCC operatives led a team to arrest the defendant in his house in Egbeda in Lagos on August 27, 2017 where various items like laptops, phones and modems were recovered from him.
During the trial, prosecuting counsel, Mr. A.A. Adebayo informed the court that the charges had been amended as the defendant made a U-turn and decided to enter into a plea bargain agreement.
“My Lord, the defendant has decided to enter into a plea bargain agreement and we are in court today with an amended charge.
“We urge the court to allow him take his plea,” he said.