Connect with us

Crime

Suspected fake lawyer nabbed in Lagos

Published

on

After 15 years of allegedly practising as counsel, the law has caught up with a fake lawyer, Chris Elisha, at the Ojo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State.

The police at the Ojo division arrested the 49-year-old on Tuesday following a suspicion raised by a lawyer, Nnamdi Nwafor.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Elisha had appeared in the court that day for a suspect arraigned by the police.

It was gathered that he wanted to quote a section of the constitution in an attempt to apply for his client’s bail when he went off at a tangent.

His action was said to have aroused the suspicion of Nwafor, who was also present at the proceeding.

It was learnt that after the court sitting, Nwafor challenged the suspect and accused him of being a fake lawyer.

In the ensuing argument, court officials, lawyers and policemen attached to the court were attracted to the scene and Elisha was taken to the police station for interrogation.

He reportedly owned up to the police that he had studied at a Ukrainian university, but had yet to be called to the bar.

A police source told PUNCH Metro that the suspect led operatives to his residence on Alhaji Ahmed Close, Ojo, where some legal paraphernalia, including wigs, gown and documents, were recovered.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, on Wednesday said Elisha could not present any certificate to show that he studied Law.

He said, “Chris Elisha has been practising as a lawyer for the past 15 years without being spotted. However, nemesis caught up with him on February 6, 2018, at the Ojo Magistrate’s Court where he appeared on behalf of an accused but found it difficult to move a motion for the variation of the bail condition of his client.

“His predicament did not go unnoticed by one Nnamdi Nwafor who challenged his qualification. The hot argument between both men attracted the attention of other lawyers and the court duty policemen.

“The officers took the suspect to the nearby Ojo Police Station where he confessed that he was a mere charge and bail lawyer, who had been practising for the past 15 years. He claimed that he was more into corporate law practice and does little of litigation. He stated further that he read law at Eastern Ukrainian University, in the former Soviet Union, but had no certificate to show for it.”

Oti, a Superintendent of Police, said the suspect, a native of Avodim Ubakala, in the Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State, had been transferred to the X-Squad section of the state police command in Ikeja and would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has warned that policemen are in every nook and cranny of the state and have been mandated to apprehend anybody perpetrating illegality, no matter how highly placed they are.

“He further admonished professional bodies to double check their members in order to fish out the quacks in their midst,” he added.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

Latest News

Royals15 hours ago

Bolaji Abdullahi salutes Emir of Ilorin at 78

The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi , has congratulated the Emir of Ilorin,...

Health15 hours ago

Nigeria commits $300m to eliminate malaria

The Federal Government has committed to secure US$300 million from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank...

agriculture15 hours ago

Emir Sanusi advises FG to reduce bureaucracies attitude to foreign investors

  The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has urged the Federal Government to reduce unnecessary bureaucracies and its lackadaisical...

news15 hours ago

LP tasks INEC on party’s 2017 national convention

The Labour Party, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the decision of its convention by giving full...

Politics15 hours ago

There are thieves in govt—- Babalola

A  former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in  Kwara State,  Mr. Sunday  Adebayo Babalola...

news16 hours ago

Dangote Foundation donates N120m Secondary School  in Lagos ‎

Dangote Foundation has donated fully equipped secondary school in Lagos valued at N120 million.   The foundation also offered free...

Politics16 hours ago

Kwara PDP guber aspirant canvasses LG autonomy

  A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Ajia,...

Politics3 days ago

Moshood Mustapha: 5 additional APC excos sacked in Kwara

Five executive members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the Alanamu Ward of Ilorin West local government of Kwara...

news3 days ago

66 unemployed youths get N7m empowerment tools in Ekiti  

Ekiti state government on Thursday distributed job starter tools worth N7 million to 66 youths in the state under its...

Metro3 days ago

GOOD NEWS…… Offa, Erin-Ile communities finally sheathe swords

The people of  Offa and Erin Ile communities in the Offa and Oyun local government areas of Kwara state, have...

Advertisement

Copyright © 2017 Royal News.

%d bloggers like this: