Adewole Sikiru Balogun, 26, who claimed to be a lawyer, was arraigned on Tuesday at the First Magistrate’s Court, Iyaganku, Ibadan, on charges of impersonating another person.
The defendant, who resides at the Aerodrome Estate in Samunda, Ibadan, was charged with falsely representing himself as a legal practitioner by the Iyaganku Regional Command of the Oyo State Police Command.
Balogun allegedly acted as surety for his lawyer who claimed to be his girlfriend, who was currently pregnant, who was arrested for embezzling money from the company that hired her.
The charges in the suit, number MI154C/2023, read as follows: “You, Balogun Adewole ‘m’, made false statements at Tee-Mag Micro Credit Company, Dugbe, Ibadan County, on 2 May 2022 as a A legal practitioner was called to the Nigerian Bar Association and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 484, Book 38 of the Penal Code. II Laws of Oyo State, Nigeria, 2000.
Two lawyers, Aderibigbe Simeon and Sunday Adediran, represented the accused, while the police officer in charge of the investigation was Inspector Ọbajọbi Adebọboye.
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The accused pleaded not guilty and the Chief Magistrate EA Idowu, who presided over the case, granted him bail of N500,000 with two sureties of the same amount.
The case was adjourned to February 1 for further hearing.
The Nigerian Tribune has learned that the defendant’s lies were discovered by Iyaganku District Commander Abiodun Onuoha when he was reported by a microfinance company to sign up as a guarantor for his girlfriend who defrauded the company’s clients of more than 1 million naira.
On the surety form, Balogun claimed his occupation and profession as a barrister and solicitor, as well as his rank of work as a legal advocate.
Balogun allegedly bragged about being a lawyer after his wife, who did not respond to calls from the company, came to explain the donations and loan returns she received from clients.
However, he was unable to answer questions from the district commander when he claimed to be a law graduate of the University of Ibadan.
Furthermore, he was unable to provide facts and documents to support his claims.
At first, he was said to have set the year he graduated from UI as 2018, but later changed that to 2019, while he claimed to be admitted to the bar in 2020.