A 41-year-old polytechnic dropout, Adebowale Babatunde, has been remanded in Ilesha Correctional Center for allegedly presenting himself as a lawyer before an Osun State Magistrate Court 6 Osogbo. 

Babatunde was arraigned on two-count charge of false pretence and unlawfully possession of Call-to-the-Bar certificate. 

The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, told the court that on March 10th (Wednesday), 2021 at about 10 AM, the defendant, falsely presented himself as a lawyer before Osogbo Magistrate Court Six and unlawfully had in his possession three Call-to-the-Bar certificates thereby committing offences contrary to and punishable under Section 484 and 430(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.” 

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences filed against him. 

Counsel for the defendant, Mr T. S Adegboyega made an oral bail application assuring the court to provide reliable surety. 

The presiding Magistrate, Dr Olusegun Ayilara, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Ilesha Correctional Center and adjourned the case till 31st March (this month) for ruling on the bail application. 

Adenitan Akinola


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