Nigerian fake lawyer practised for 15 years in Lagos

A Nigerian man pretending to be a solicitor for 15 years has been charged for impersonation, the police say.

The 49-year-old man was arrested earlier this week as he was making a bail application for his client in a Lagos state court.

Police spokesman Chike Oti told the BBC the man could not articulate his legal argument and was challenged by another lawyer present in court.

The suspect pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.


Mr Oti said the man had been practising for the past 15 years undetected.

Working with lawyers, the man had some “elementary knowledge of how they [lawyers] go about their business – but he’s not a professional”, the police spokesman told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

Suspicions about his qualifications arose during court proceedings in a criminal case on Tuesday.

He wanted to vary the bail conditions for his client but “did not know how to go about it”, Mr Oti said.

He added that a lawyer present in the courtroom immediately challenged the suspect, saying that a bar-registered lawyer should be able to deal with a bail issue.

Local media reports say the man told police that he had studied law at a Ukrainian university – but had yet to be called to the bar in Nigeria.

Despite this, he has reportedly won several court cases.

Lawyer Wanyoto wanted over role in Shs 1.4bn extortion

The Flying Squad is searching for city lawyer Paul Wanyoto suspected of planning the extortion of Shs 1.4 billion from two South Korean nationals who wanted to buy gold in Uganda.

The two South Koreans, Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un were looking for gold amounting to about $1.5 million. However, they were arrested from Acacia Mall in Kampala; where they were due to meet their lawyer Wanyoto of Web, Advocates & Solicitors.

Reports indicate that on the day of the meeting, the dealers were surrounded by security operatives, put at gunpoint and asked to hand over the money in their possession. A total of Shs 1.4 billion was handed over to the police officers before the two South Koreans were arrested and detained at Katwe police station.
It is now alleged that Wanyoto, tipped off the police officers at Kampala Metropolitan South region about the transaction leading to the deployment sanctioned by Kampala Metropolitan South Regional commander Siraj Bakaleke. Does this just not remind you of the case of Magic photo booth 1987 vs Reynaldo Smith [1928]? Uncanny, isn’t it.

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