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1 Nov 2016

Police Arraign Fake Female Lawyer For Impersonation

The police on Tuesday arraigned a female accused, Fatima Ibrahim, at a Chediya Magistrates’ Court in Zaria, Kaduna State, for impersonation.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Abubakar Ibrahim, said the police had on Oct. 17 received a petition bordering on impersonation from Augustine Agum, Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Zaria branch on behalf of the association.

Ibrahim said that the accused had been parading herself as a lawyer having not been trained and qualified as one. He told the court that in the course of police investigation, the accused neither affirmed nor denied the allegation against her.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 179 Penal Code.

Fatima confessed committing the offence and said that circumstance made her do so.

The accused immediately retracted her guilty plea shortly after the prosecutor applied for her summary trial under Section 157 of Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

The accused counsel, Abdurrasaq Ahmed, thereafter applied for her bail, arguing that the alleged offence was bailable.

The Chief Magistrate, Auwal Musa, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in the like sum.

Musa said that the sureties must present bank account statements, letter from a traditional ruler, authentic residential address and telephone number.

“It is not an easy case because it tempers with the reputation and credibility of members of the bar profession, therefore, we are all affected,” he said, and adjoined the case till Nov. 15 for hearing.

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