Adebowale Babatunde, a 41-year-old polytechnic dropout, who presented himself before the Magistrate Court Six in Osogbo Osun State as a lawyer has been ordered remanded at the Ilesha Correctional Centre.
The defendant was arraigned on two-counts bordering on false pretence and unlawful possession of Call-to-the-Bar Certificates.
While addressing the court, the prosecuting police officer, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, said: “On March 10th, 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 committed an offence 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.”
The defendant, Babatunde however pleaded not guilty to the charges while his counsel, T. S Adegboyega made an oral bail application assuring the court to provide reliable surety. The Presiding Magistrate, Dr Olusegun Ayilara thereafter ordered that the defendant be remanded in Ilesha Correctional Center and adjourned the case till 31st March 2021 for ruling on bail.