Again, Police Nab Fake Lawyer at Magistrate Court


Chiemelie Ezeobi

For the umpteenth time, operatives of the Lagos State Police Command attached to Ojo Division, arrested an impersonator at the magistrate court in the area.

In the first arrest, one Chris Elisha was picked up for impersonating a lawyer for for fifteen years before he was nabbed.

This time around, the impersonator was identified as one Mr. Uche Julian Nwajiakwu, who has been illegally practicing law since 2015.

Confirming the arrest, the state police spokesperson, SP Chike Oti, said cases of persons impersonating lawyers, especially at Ojo Magistrate Court has become one too many.

He said, “This makes it the second time a fake lawyer is being arrested at Ojo Magistrate Court. The first was the arrest of one Chris Elisha, who practiced illegally for 15 years.

“Meanwhile, Uche Julian Nwajiakwu, the latest man to be arrested for illegal law practice had been in the game since 2015.

“According to the suspect, he fell in love with law practice when a friend of his commissioned him to act as a lawyer in order to serve his tenant a quit notice.

“He was handsomely rewarded after the deed and since then, there was no looking back.

“However, luck ran out on him when he was arguing on a bail application for his client recently.

“Some intelligent lawyers in the court suspected he was laid back. The lawyers said his quackery was too obvious to be ignored.

“The police investigation into the case thus far, revealed that the suspect did not study law in any of the Nigerian universities nor anywhere else in the world. He was charged to Ojo Magistrate Court for the offence of impersonation.

“In view of this incident, the CP Lagos, Imohimi Edgal reiterated his warning to professional bodies to properly scrutinise people professing to be members of their body.

“According to the CP, this is one incident too many and must be checked. The CP noted that the command had in the recent months, arrested fake medical doctors and other spurious health workers including fake journalists.