Ogun State Police arrest 47-year-old fake lawyer in Ifo
A 47-year-old man, Tajudeen Olufemi Idis, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly parading himself as a legal practitioner.
According to a statement issued by Police Spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect who claimed to be a legal counsel from Tajudeen O. Idris & Co. Chamber was arrested at Magistrate Court 6, Ifo in Ifo Local Government Area of the state where he appeeared before Chief Magistrate I.A Arogundade in a civil trial between one Ifeanyi Chuckwu and Ayo Itori.
“His conduct and presentation before the Chief Magistrate arouse suspicious about his qualification as a lawyer and this prompted the Chief Magistrate to ask for the year he was called to the bar, which he claimed to be 2009,” Oyeyemi said per Vanguard.
“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 in Ogun State, Edward Ajogun, expressed his concern over the increasing number of fake lawyers in the state, stressing that no fewer than five cases have been reported since he assumed office in less than two months.
“On the 12th of August 2020, a 56-year-old, Sylvester Ogbagu was arrested at Shagamu while parading himself as a lawyer, while 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 3years 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.”