The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, has confirmed the arrest of a man parading himself as a lawyer in the state.
According to the report, the man who has duped unsuspected members of the public within his community was never a graduate of any law school, though he confessed that he once gained admission to study law but never continued in the line.
Confirming the report, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi revealed that the suspect whose name is given as Elijah Ayodeji Ojo, was apprehended following a petition written to Andrew Akinseye, the Divisional Police Officer of Ajuwon police station by a legal practitioner.
Oyeyemi said; “Though he gained admission to study law at Ekiti State University, he did not finish the course, neither did he go to law school.”
“He has been parading himself as a legal practitioner for quite some time now and has been using that to swindle several people of huge amounts of money. The complainant had reported that Ojo used to parade himself as a lawyer, thereby extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public, despite the fact that he had never been to law school anywhere.”
“Upon the petition, the DPO Ajuwon division, SP Andrew Akinseye, and his team of detectives embarked on a painstaking intelligence investigation about the self-acclaimed lawyer. In the process of their investigation, they came across a woman who was charged to court for an offence, but was duped by the suspect, who collected about N300,000 from her to perfect her bail condition, but never showed up in the court.”
“The suspect was subsequently arrested after much evidence had been gathered against him,” Oyeyemi affirmed.
He added, “On interrogation, he confessed that though he gained admission to study law at Ekiti State University but did not finish the course or went to law school.”
Reacting to Ojo’s arrest, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson ordered his immediate transfer to the State CIID for further investigation and prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has been charged to compensate three members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, who were killed in the previous year during a protest.
A Federal High Court ruling in Abuja, on Monday, June 29 accrued a sum of N5 million each to the three victims of the July 22, 2019 protest.