A fake lawyer, Adebowale Adeola Babatunde has been arrested while presenting himself as counsel before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, Osun State.
The suspect has been practising for over 10 years and was charged by Police in a case file number: MOS/152C/2021.
Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Osogbo branch, Dawood Ajetunmobi in a statement said the Ministry of Justice has taken over the case from the police after the union’s requested.
It was gathered that the fake lawyer, Babatunde on March 10, 2021, appeared before Magistrate A. A Adeyeba to move a motion but the way and manner in which the fake lawyer conducted himself in the court raised suspicion which infuriated one of the lawyers in the court.
The lawyer, O.U Yussuf requested the court through an oral application to make enquiries about the status of Babatunde as a lawyer and gave a prompt order for the arrest of the defendant.
Meanwhile, the trial of the defendant which was supposed to come up on Wednesday, 8, September 2021 before the Osogbo Chief Magistrate A.K Ajala was stalled due to the absence of the 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 is coming up before him for the first time.