A 49-year-old fake lawyer, Chris Elisha, who had practiced for 15 years, representing clients in different courts in Lagos State has been arrested by the State Police Command while filing out for another client at the Ojo Magistrate’s Court.
Punch reports that Elisha was arrested by policemen attached to the Ojo Division on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, when another lawyer, Nnamdi Nwafor, raised an alarm after he suspected that the suspect could be fake.
It was gathered that Elisha had appeared in court that to represent a suspect who had been arraigned by the police.
His cover was blown when he wanted to quote a section of the constitution in an attempt to apply for his client’s bail when he mixed up the sections with another one, raising Nwafor’s suspicions.
It was revealed that after the court had finished proceedings for the day, Nwafor challenged his supposed learned colleague and put it to him that he was fake and an argument ensued between them with Elisha boasting that he would make sure Nwafor goes to jail for defamation of character.
As the argument was heating up, court officials, other lawyers, and policemen attached to the court were attracted to the scene and the feuding duo was taken to the police station for interrogation.
It was during the interrogation that the fake lawyer allegedly opened up and confessed that he had actually studied law at a Ukrainian university but had yet to be called to the bar.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chike Oti who confirmed the arrest of the fake lawyer, said the suspect later led police operatives to his residence on Alhaji Ahmed Close, Ojo, where some legal paraphernalia including wigs, gowns, and documents, were recovered but could not produce and certificate to prove that he had studied law like he claimed.
“Chris Elisha has been practicing as a lawyer for the past 15 years without being spotted. However, nemesis caught up with him on February 6, 2018, at the Ojo Magistrate’s Court where he appeared on behalf of an accused but found it difficult to move a motion for the variation of the bail condition of his client.
His predicament did not go unnoticed by one Nnamdi Nwafor who challenged his qualification. The hot argument between both men attracted the attention of other lawyers and the court duty policemen.
The officers took the suspect to the nearby Ojo Police Station where he confessed that he was a mere charge and bail lawyer who had been practicing for the past 15 years.
He claimed that he was more into corporate law practice and does little of litigation. He stated further that he read law at Eastern Ukrainian University, in the former Soviet Union, but had no certificate to show for it.”
SP Oti added that the suspect, a native of Avodim Ubakala in the Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State, had been transferred to the X-Squad section of the state police command in Ikeja and would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.
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