A suspected fake attorney, Tajudeen Idris has been arrested at Magistrates’ Court 6 in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Idris had posed as a legal practitioner before Chief Magistrate I. A. Arogundade on Friday in a civil case between one Ifeanyi Chuckwu and Ayo Itori.
The suspect reportedly claimed to be a counsel from Tajudeen O. Idris & Co. Chambers and was representing one of the parties.
He was, however, caught when his conduct and presentation before the chief magistrate raised suspicion about his claim to be a lawyer.
Idris told the chief magistrate that he was called to bar in 2009 when he was quizzed on his qualification.
“But further enquiry revealed that his name was nowhere to be found among those called to the bar in 2009, hence the police were invited,” the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi explained while confirming the suspect’s arrest.
“Consequently, the DPO, Ifo Division, CSP Adeniyi Adekunle, detailed his operatives to the scene, where the suspect was apprehended and he is currently undergoing investigation.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun expressed concern over the increase in the number of people impersonating lawyers.
According to the CP, no fewer than five cases of fake lawyers have been reported since his assumption of office in less than two months.
The CP called on the state branch of NBA to set necessary machinery in action to checkmate the activities of fraudulent people impersonating lawyers.