UNREPENTANT: Convicted Fake Lawyer, Obinna Valentine Nwosu, Continues to parade himself as Lawyer one year after conviction
More than one year after he was convicted for being a fake Lawyer, unrepentant convict, Obinna Valentine Nwosu has continued to parade himself as a legal practitioner on his social media pages.
Nwosu was on 5th September 2019 convicted of four count charges bothering on falsely parading himself as a lawyer when he is not and representing unsuspecting Nigerians in Court, after he pleaded guilty to the four charges.
The Chief Magistrate Court, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local government in Anambra State, Presided over by V.O Agu Esq sentenced the fake lawyer to one year imprisonment or the option of N80k fine.
Nwosu was arrested in 2019 following a complaint from the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Nnewi Branch to the police. He was nabbed following his representation of lawyers at both Customary Courts, magistarate courts and High Courts in Anambra State.
Upon his conviction, Nwosu promptly paid the 80k fine to regain his freedom, stopped appearing in court but continued to adorn all the regalia of lawyers. His followers on social media still address him as “Barrister” and “Attorney” thereby drawing the ire of lawyer who have vowed to stop the unrepentant fake lawyer. In a recent Whatsapp Update, Nwosu posted his picture in a lawyers wear adorning the bib which lawyers are known for.
Court Judgment Convicting Nwosu:
Speaking about Nwosu’ daring and unrepentant behavior, A Lawyer practicing in Anambra State, and the publicity of NBA Nnewi Branch, Barrister Franklin Ofodeme said;
“He (Nwosu) is unrepentant and that is sad. This is exactly why it is important that every crime be sanctioned and atoned for. He was convicted, but sentiments from many of us affected how we all went about the prosecution. When people commit an offence or indulge in professional misconduct, especially in a profession like ours and due to sentiments, we do not sanction them, we do not do them any service. Rather we do our noble profession a great disservice. The offenders will definitely wear the cloth of arrogance within that misconduct. The essence of punishments or sanctions against people who indulge in professional misconduct is not to persecute them, but to deter others from doing the same thing.”
Lawyers have resolved to raise the issue at the Next NBA general meeting of the branch.
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