Drama as fake lawyer nabbed in court
By Ayodele Popoola
A suspected fake lawyer identified as Temidayo Olajimi who stood as a surety for the bail of a defendant has been arrested.
Olajimi was arrested on Tuesday inside the Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure on the order of the Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunus
The Hope Metro gathered that the suspect on May 8, 2023, approached the court to secure the bail of a defendant, Vincent Oriade standing trial for fraud in a self-recognition as a lawyer.
It was also gathered that the Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunus released the said defendant to the self-styled legal practitioner after writing a letter of request to stand as a surety for the defendant who he claimed to be his brother and also a church member.
To the surprise of the court, the defendant jumped bail, and a bench warrant of arrest was issued by the court to arrest him or his surety who had also refused to show up.
According to a source, after many attempts to apprehend the fake lawyer, he was eventually arrested by the police in Ondo town.
When he appeared in court, his lack of knowledge of the law and his exhibition of ignorance of the legal terminologies shocked the Chief Magistrate.
The Hope Metro correspondent in court observed that Olajimi’s poor knowledge of legal practice gave him out as a rookie and the Magistrate was forced to query him where he studied his own version of the law.
Upon further interrogation, it was discovered that the suspect is a pastor but claimed to be a lawyer and could neither mention the name of one of his mates nor when he was called to the bar.
In one breath, he claimed to have been called to the bar in 2007 and the same year concluded his degree and master’s degree while, in another instance, the suspect said he was a pastor and a Law student who was yet to be called to the bar.
“ I am not saying I’m a lawyer, but I can tell you I’m a graduate with two degrees. I don’t know the number of years I have spent in the bar, I was called to the bar in 2007 and I had my Masters Degree in the year,” Olajimi stated.
His conflicting and contradicting accounts gave credence to the fact that he was fake and was therefore whisked away by the police for further investigations.
Informed sources confided in our reporter that the suspect is assisting the police with investigations at the A-Divisional Police Command.