An Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded a 53-year-old man, Tajudeen Bamigbola, in Illesa Prison for allegedly impersonating to secure freedom of an Oba on trial.
The Magistrate, Mrs Olubukola Awodele, ordered the remand of the convict after he pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of impersonation and false testimony.
Awodele described the offences as grievous and directed that the convict should remain behind bars until Sept. 25 for sentencing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp Joshua Oladoye, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Sept. 5 at about 10:00 a.m. at the premises of Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court 2.
Oladoye alleged that the accused falsely presented himself as one Bamigbola Azeez, already deceased, to secure the freedom of one Oba Akadiri Okanola and four others facing trial in a land dispute.
He said the accused intentionally committed the offences by giving false testimony to secure the freedom of Oba Akadiri Okanola from being sent to prison.
He said the offences contravened Sections 117 and 484 of Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol. 11, Laws of Osun, 2003.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Abimbola Ige , prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing the convict.