A Magistrates’ Court in Choba, Rivers State, on Monday sentenced a fake lawyer identified as Sunday Ejiofor to three years in prison.
Ejiofor, who was also accused of defrauding a commercial motorcyclist, had pleaded guilty to only one charge, which was read before him in court.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Israel Agbeso, said he convicted the accused person for only three years because he (Ejiofor) did not inconvenience the court during the trial, adding that the sentence was without any option of fine.
He said, “The defendant, having pleaded guilty, is hereby convicted. He is convicted on lone charge. Having considered the defendant’s act of not inconveniencing the court, he is hereby sentenced to three years in prison without option.”
It was learnt that the convict (Ejiofor) had during his escapade as a fake lawyer hired a commercial motorcyclist, Wisdom Phillip, to convey him to different places, but failed to pay the motorcyclist the sum of N15,000 they both agreed for the three days service rendered.
The charge marked OZMC/115c/2019, “That you, Ejiofor Sunday, on the 25th of March 2019, along Aluu road, falsely represented yourself by action as a legal practitioner.”
But Ejiofor had begged the court for mercy immediately he pleaded guilty to the single charge read to him.
However, the prosecutor, Tom Ledornun; an Assistant Superintendent of Police, had told the court that the convict had shown the commercial motorcyclist an identification card bearing his (Ejiofor) passport photograph, which indicated that he was a lawyer.
“The defendant had engaged the services of a motorcyclist at the cost of N5,000 per day. The driver carried him (defendant) for three days, amounting to N15,000.
“The driver demanded his money after the service was rendered, but the defendant represented himself to be a legal practitioner and threatened to hand over the driver to police. He displayed an identity card bearing his image wearing lawyer’s wig.
“Passersby became interested and took both of them to the police. Police requested him to identify himself with his seal number and the year he was called to bar, but he could not,” the prosecutor said.