Time eventually ran out for a fake lawyer in Lagos, Chris Elisha after allegedly practising law for 15 years.
Mr Elisha’s stunt came to a dead end Tuesday at the at the Ojo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State following a suspicion raised by a lawyer, Nnamdi Nwafor.
This came after the impostor went off tangent in an attempt to quote a section of the constitution while applying for his client’s bail.
Nwafor, present during the trial, challenged the suspect and accused him of being a fake lawyer, and in the ensuing argument, court officials, lawyers and policemen attached to the court were attracted to the scene and Elisha was taken to the police station for interrogation, Punch writes.
He then claimed to have studied law at a Ukrainian university, but had yet to be called to the bar.
But according to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, Elisha could not present any certificate to show that he studied Law.
He said, “Chris Elisha has been practising 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 practising 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.”
Police sources say 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 investigation.