By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Men of Ogun State police command has arrested a 47 years old man, Tajudeen Olufemi Idris on Friday for parading himself as a legal practitioner.
The suspect was arrested at Magistrate Court 6 Ifo 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.
His conduct and presentation before the Chief magistrate rose suspiciously about his qualification as a lawyer and this prompted the Chief magistrate to ask him of the year he was called to the bar, which he claimed to be 2009. But further enquiry revealed that his name is nowhere to be found amongst those called to bar in 2009, hence, police were notified.
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.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun has expressed concern about an increase in the number of people impersonating to be lawyers thereby swindling people of their hard-earned money.
The CP recalled that not less than five cases of fake lawyers have been reported since his assumption of office in less than two months ago.
On the 12th of August 2020, a 56yr old Sylvester Ogbagu was arrested at Shagamu 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, he was tried and subsequently sentenced to three years in prison.
Another fake lawyer Elijah Ayodeji Ojo was also arrested in Ajuwon police station on the 28th of June when he came to solicit for a so-called client who was having a criminal matter with the police.
Likewise, one Lawrence Oyedunu who was arrested in Sango Ota while presenting himself as a counsel to a suspect. The CP, therefore, called on the State branch of NBA to put necessary machinery in motion to checkmate the activities of these fraudulent people.
He also 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 75yrs of age still endeavours to go to law school because of his interest in the legal profession rather than impersonating.