Chris Elisha who had been practicing as a lawyer for the past fifteen years without being spotted, was yesterday 6th of February, 2018, arrested at Ojo Magistrate court where he appeared on behalf of an accused person 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 Barrister Nnamdi Samuel Nwafor who challenged his qualification.
According to Bar. Nnamdi Nwafor , a newly qualified lawyer that is yet to cut his teeth at the bar would have been able to move a motion without qualms.
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 is a mere ” charge and bail lawyer” who had been practising for the past fifteen years.
He claimed 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.
“Barrister ” Chris Elisha told the police that he is a native of Avodim Ubakala in Abia state.
The suspect is currently undergoing interrogation at the X- Squad Section of the State Police Command Headquarters and would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.
Recall that, A suspected fake lawyer, Omoniyi Vacoster, was on arrested within the week by the Ogun State Police Command, while parading himself as a genuine legal practitioner and appearing as a counsel for unsuspecting members of the public.
He was arrested following a complaint by one Omomehin Oluwatoyin of Ogun State chapter of Nigeria Bar Association.
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Oluwatoyin was said to have reported that the suspect has been coming to various courts in Ogun State to defend cases, however, adding that the association’s investigation about him indicated that he has never at any time been called to the Bar.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyeyemi, said, on interrogation, the suspect confessed he has never been called to the Bar.
This is not the first time that fake lawyers will be arrested after parading themselves as legal practitioners. In a similar case that occured in 2017, one Oyetunji reported that the Nigeria Bar Association received complaints from some individuals alleging that one Mr. I. T. David, who practised as a legal practitioner in Kwara state was not an authentic lawyer.