Three years after allegedly acting as a counsel, the law has finally caught up with a fake lawyer, Samson Obu, at an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
The 43-year-old, residing at No. 5, Imam St., Owutu, Agric in Ikorodu,
near Lagos, was docked on a count charge of impersonation,
following suspicion raised by some lawyers.
According to the Prosecutor, Sgt. John Iberedem,
the accused had appeared in the court on April 5 to represent an accused.
“He announced his appearance for an accused and quoted a wrong section,
which was what aroused the suspicion of other lawyers,
including Mr Adetayo Ladega.
“Ladega, the Vice-President of the Ikorodu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association and
other lawyers challenged Obu and he was interrogated and arrested by the police.
“The accused has been appearing as a lawyer for the past three years,”
the prosecutor said.
Iberedem said the offence contravened Section 78 of the
Lagos State Criminal Code, 2015.
Obu, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs F. A. Azeez, granted him bail in the sum of N250, 000
with two sureties in like sum. Azeez said the sureties must show evidence of three years
tax payment and must make deposits of N25, 000 each.
She adjourned the case until May 10 for mention.