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Fake lawyer docked for impersonation

By Ayodele Popoola


A 42-year-old man, who claimed to be a lawyer was on Thursday arraigned before an Akure Magistrate Court for alleged impersonation.

Olujimi, a resident of No 7, Akinrimisi Street, in Ondo town, was charged to court by the police, for falsely claiming to be a legal practitioner.

The police prosecutor, Simon Wada, said the defendant committed the offence on December 18, 2023, at the Akure Chief Magistrate Court, Oke-Eda.

Wada alleged that Olajimi stood surety in his self-acclaimed capacity as a lawyer for his church member, one Vincent Oriade, who was standing trial at Chief Magistrate Court One, by writing a letter.

He said the offence contravened Section 249  of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2006.

Wada applied for a date to study the case file, while the defence counsel, I.Tiwo, urged the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

Magistrate Damilola Sekoni ordered that the case should be transferred to Chief Magistrate Musa Al-Yunus of Magistrate Court One, who he said is in the best position to consider the defendant’s bail.

He, therefore adjourned the case till January 19, 2024, for bail consideration.

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