Fake Lawyer Arrested In Court Confessed “I Bought My Uniform At the Market”
Feb 5, 2014 – See Gobe! Fake Nigerian Lawyer Arrested In Lagos Court Claims He Was Called To The Bar In 2011
A fake lawyer was recently caught red handed by the police during a court proceedings at Lagos High Court in Igbosere, Lagos Island.
30-year-old Daniel Ikhidenor Ikhuoria who hails from Ekpoma in Edo state was caught by a police orderly attached to the Appeal Court, DCR Office, Lagos who suspected him.
After his arrest, NBA (Nigerian Bar Association) Lagos branch chairman, Alex Morka was contacted. He told police to take the suspect to a nearby police station.
The suspect was consequently handed over to the police at Lion Building for interrogation. During interrogation, according to the police, the suspect, a resident of 34, Nathaniel Osagie Avenue, Ikorodu Road, Owode Onirin, Lagos, allegedly confessed that he was a fake lawyer.
In his alleged confessional statement to the police, the suspect allegedly said: “I have been practicing as a lawyer since 2011 and I have represented clients at the magistrate, high court and Federal high courts without any problem.
“But I have never attended law school or any institution to read law in my life but I was called to the bar through a source at a high court in 2011. I bought the gown and wig in the open market and wore it and started practicing as a lawyer. I did not know that it is an offence to practice as a lawyer without authority. I promise to change if I am set free.”
After investigation by Corporal Victor Afu and his team, the suspect was charged before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on a three-count charge of impersonation and unlawful possession of law wig and gown.
The offence the accused committed, according to Inspector Chidi Okoye, are punishable under section 378(1), 78(b) and 327 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the crime and Chief Magistrate Miss A. O. Awogboro admitted him on bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum who must be blood relation and reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
She adjourned the matter till 3 March, 2014 for mention. The suspect was moved to Ikoyi Prison pending when he will fulfill the bail conditions.
Nigeria! a country where anything is possible… hehehe
[Report with Paul Iyoghojie, PM Lagos]