A middle-aged man, Kolawole Whesu Viyon has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by an Ikeja Special Offences court for presenting a fake marriage certificate to facilitate United Kingdom (UK) travel visa by
Viyon was arraigned on a three count charge, preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) before Justice Mojisola Dada.
The charges against him bordered on “making of false statement, making statement intended to mislead and making statement which is untrue in any material” contrary to Sections 25 (1)(a) and punishable under Sections 25(1)(b).
The defendant however pleaded guilty to the three count charge preferred against him by the ICPC.
He also pleaded for leniency with the court.
During trial, ICPC prosecutor, Mr Gogodaye West had told the court that Viyon on December 13, 2016 made a false statement that one Olaronke Akerele, now at large, is his third legally married wife when he knew no such marriage existed between them.
West also said that on same day, he made a statement intended to mislead when he asserted that the marriage ceremony between him and Olaronke Akerele was officiated by an Imam and contracted under Islamic law.
Viyon, he said, claimed that the marriage was evidenced by Certificate of Marriage with no JUN/LB/0000064 and dated 9/1/2016 issued by the Jama-at-ul-Islamiyya of Nigeria.
He said the defendant knew the information was untrue and intended to mislead as no such marriage was contracted by the Jama-at-ul-Islamiyya between them.
He further informed the court that the defendant admitted to having personally signed the said marriage certificate which he evidenced to have been issued by the Jama-at-ul-Islamiyya at no 109, Tokunboh Street, Lagos Island.
In her judgment, Justice Dada noted the guilty plea of the defendant and acknowledged the fact that he did not waste the time of the court and tax payers money.
She thereafter sentenced him as accordingly.
The judge, however gave the convict an option of fine of N300,000 which must be paid within 24 hours.
The convicts’ counsel, Hannah Adeyemi, told the court that he was ready with the N300,000 cash to effect the court’s judgment.