Suspected fake lawyer arrested in Osun after 10 years of practice
A Suspected fake lawyer, Adebowale Adeola Babatunde, has been arrested while presenting himself as counsel before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, Osun State.
The suspect, according to findings, has been practicing for over 10 years. He was charged by Police in a case file marked MOS/152C/2021.
However, a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Osogbo branch, Dawood Ajetunmobi, disclosed that the Ministry of Justice has taken over the case from police.
It was gathered that Babatunde had on March 10, 2021, appeared before Magistrate A. A Adeyeba to move a motion.
The way and manner he conducted himself in the court raised suspicion, which prompted one of the lawyers at the bar, O.U Yussuf, to call the attention of the Magistrate to the inappropriate way Babatunde addressed the court.
Yussuf therefore moved an oral application to make enquiry about status of Babatunde as a lawyer.
The magistrate gave a prompt order for the arrest of the defendant.
Meanwhile, the trial of the defendant that was supposed to come up on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, before Osogbo Chief Magistrate, A.K Ajala, was stalled due to the absence of the suspected fake lawyer.
In his ruling, Magistrate Ajala refused the prosecutor’s prayer and adjourned the matter to September 24, 2021, for fresh arraignment since the matter came up before him for the first time.