There was a mild drama as a 47-year-old suspected fake lawyer, Tajudeen Idris, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for posing as a legal practitioner.
The suspect was arrested on Friday at Magistrates’ Court 6 in the Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Idris was said to have appeared before Chief Magistrate I. A. Arogundade in a civil case between one Ifeanyi Chuckwu and Ayo Itori.
He allegedly claimed to be a counsel from Tajudeen O. Idris & Co. Chambers and was representing one of the parties.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Oyeyemi said the suspected fake lawyer’s conduct and his manner of presentation before the chief magistrate aroused suspicion about his qualification as a lawyer.
The PPRO said the suspect’s action prompted the chief magistrate to ask him for the year he was called to the bar, which he claimed to be 2009.
“But further enquiry revealed that his name was nowhere to be found among those called to the bar in 2009, hence the police were invited.
“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.”
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had expressed concern over the increase in the number of fake lawyers swindling people of their hard-earned money.
Ajogun recalled that not less than five cases of fake lawyers had been reported since his assumption of office less than two months ago.
According to the PPRO, on August 12, 2020, 56-year-old Sylvester Ogbagu was arrested at Sagamu while parading himself as a lawyer; while one Adedeji Ebenezer was also apprehended on the court premises at Itori on August 5, 2020, while appearing for a client; he was tried and subsequently sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
He added, “Another suspected fake lawyer, Elijah Ayodeji Ojo, was also arrested at the Ajuwon Police Station on the 28th of June, when he came to solicit a so-called client, who was having a criminal matter with the police.
“Likewise, one Lawrence Oyedunu was arrested in Sango Ota while presenting himself as a counsel to a suspect.
“The CP therefore called on the state branch of the NBA to put necessary machinery in motion to check the activities of these fraudulent people.
“He also appealed to those who wish to be lawyers to take a cue from the determined effort of a traditional ruler in the state.
“The Towulade of Akinale, who at 75 years of age, still endeavoured to go to the Law School because of his interest in the legal profession rather than impersonating.”
Breaking: Attempted Jailbreak Nigerian Soldiers, Police Take Over Ikoyi Prison
According to an online reports, Men of the Nigeria Army and their police counterparts have arrived at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre in a bid to foil an attempted jailbreak.
The report also said smoke billowing from parts of the centre while inmates are seen running.
It was learnt that the prison authorities had immediately notified the police and the military authorities for backup.
The eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I can see them from my balcony at the moment. Soldiers and policemen have arrived. I saw prisoners throwing stones and I saw fire.
“A lot of the prison officials have gathered at the entrance of the prison while some of the inmates have retreated”. And Gunshots emanating from the prisons.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, said the cause of the fire could not yet be ascertained but policemen had been deployed in the prisons.
“We don’t know the cause of the fire but we are there on the ground. We have mobilised to the place. We will give details later,” he said.
Armed Thugs Attack Christian Procession, Beat Pastor To Stupor, Abduct Three Worshippers In Kogi
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Christian worshippers in Kogi were on Monday evening attacked by persons suspected to be armed thugs who allegedly stormed Dunamis International church Ayingba .
Eye witnesses report that the pastor was striped naked and beaten to stupor, while three other worshippers were allegedly kidnapped.
According to reports, the thugs allegedly led by the former Administrator, Dekina local government council, who is also All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship candidate, Ishaq Shuaibu Okolo.
The assailants were said to have violently disrupted the peaceful prayer walk organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kogi east chapter, to pray for the peace of the country and God’s intervention to stop the current shedding of innocent blood.
The thugs were said to have shot sporadically into the air and went straight to the leader of Christians group, Bishop David Sanders, beat him, tore his clothes into shreds until he was rendered unconscious.
Several other church leaders and worshippers were also said to have been beaten to stupor including some women and children, while the property of Dunamis Int’l church were vandalised
Three other church leaders including the zonal secretary of the prayer group, Silas Edegbo were later abducted and carried to unknown destination.
Speaking with newsmen on phone, the resident pastor of Dunamis Int’l church, Ayingba, Samson Ejila expressed sadness that a peaceful Christians’ prayer walk for the country could be so disrupted with so many people securing various degree of injuries.
According to him, the organisers of the programme took permission from the appreciate authorities including the police with the knowledge of the state deputy governor, Edward Onoja, who gave them the go ahead and wondered why a prominent political player in the area could lead armed thugs to disrupt and harm group.
In his words, We are surprised that it is a past LG boss in person of Ishaq Shuaibu Okolo who is contesting for the chairmanship Election for Dec 12 LG poll that has done this to the Christians
” This is not rumours, he was the one that physically led the thugs including some Vigilante members to attack us, we have every document including video clips, and so he can not deny this” he added.
Ejila however confirmed that the three abducted members were released in the early hours of Tuesday after they had been thoroughly tortured.
Meanwhile, the State Governor Yahaya Bello has condemned the Monday’s attack on the Christians who were on a peaceful prayer walk in Anyigba area .
The Governor in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, while condemning the act, assures that perpetrators of such unholy act will be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.
Bello said at a time the nation is facing unrest and disturbance, there is need for every religion organisation to intensify their faith by praying to God for His intervention in the affairs of the country, noting that any act capable of truncating peaceful religious gathering is sacrilegious, repugnant and unacceptable.
Meanwhile, attempts to get the reaction of Okolo proved abortive as several calls to his cell phone were not responded.
Our Website Not hacked – CBN
Contrary to claims in the social media alleging that the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, which is www.cbn.gov.ng has been breached by malicious persons, the apex bank states “categorically that our website is secure”.
A statement signed by the CBN Ag. Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi says, “We wish to assure the Nigerian public and indeed all our other stakeholders that the CBN website is adequately protected and that there is no cause for alarm”.
CBN advises members of the online community to desist from peddling false news aimed at undermining the its integrity which it says “is our collective
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