Another fake lawyer arrested in Ogun during court proceeding


Operatives of the Ogun State Police command say they have arrested another fake lawyer, Tajudeen Idris.

The suspect, according to the state Police Public Relations Officer, was arrested on Friday October 2, 2020 at Magistrate Court 6 in Ifo while defending a client in a case.

This came after about two months that one other fake lawyer was arrested in a similar manner.

Oyeyemi said the 47-year-old fake lawyer was arrested while appearing before Chief Magistrate I.A Arogundade in a civil trial between one Ifeanyi Chuckwu and Ayo Itori where he claimed to be a legal counsel from Tajudeen O. Idris & Co Chamber representing one of the parties.

The police spokesman said his conduct and presentation before the Chief Magistrate raised suspicion about his qualification as a lawyer and this prompted the Magistrate to ask him of the year he was called to the bar, which he claimed to be 2009.

Oyeyemi, however added that further enquiry revealed that his name was nowhere to be found among those called to the bar in 2009, hence, police were notified.

He said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Info Division, Adeniyi Adekunle detailed his operatives to the scene where the suspect was apprehended and he is currently undergoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has expressed concern about increase in the number of people impersonating to be lawyers, thereby swindling people of their hard-earned money.

The CP recalled that no fewer than five cases of fake lawyers had been reported since his assumption of office in less than two months.

Oyeyemi revealed that on the 12th of August 2020, a 56-year- old Sylvester Ogbagu was arrested at Sagamu while parading himself as a lawyer, another fake lawyer Adedeji Ebenezer was apprehended in the Court premises at Itori on the 5th of August 2020 while appearing for a client as a lawyer.

Ebenezer had been prosecuted and subsequently sentenced to three years in prison.

He added that another fake lawyer Elijah Ayodeji Ojo was also arrested in Ajuwon police station on 28thJune when he came to solicit for a so- called client who was having a criminal matter with the police.

Likewise one Lawrence Oyedunu was arrested in Sango Ota while presenting himself as a counsel to a suspect.

The CP therefore called on the State branch of Nigeria Bar Association to put necessary machinery in motion to checkmate activities of these fraudulent people.

Ajogun appealed to those who wish to be a lawyer to take a cue from the determined effort of a traditional ruler in the state, the Towulade of Akinale who at 75 years of age still endeavoured to go to law school because of his interest in legal profession rather than impersonating.


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