The police at Ojokoro Division have arrested a 34-year-old man who has been parading himself as a legal practitioner in Lagos State, western Nigeria.
The suspect, Mathew Olayeye, was arrested at Ojokoro Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he was facing another criminal charge.
His arrest followed a report by Barrister Seyi Olawumi, the General Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja branch, Lagos, that he was an impostor.
The police promptly responded and arrested him at the court and detained him at their station for investigation.
Olayeye appeared before Magistrate Olayinka as a counsel in a matter which attracted suspicion among the lawyers present at the court.
The lawyers contacted the NBA which has been trailing him.
According Olawumi, they had received several reports concerning Olayeye’s activities and NBA members were told to report to the NBA executives whenever he was found.
On the fateful day, Olayeye was in court where he was facing a criminal matter bordering on fraud.
He allegedly issued a Senator a dud cheque and was charged with the alleged offence.
When our reporter visited Ojokoro Police Station where Olayeye was detained, he opened up and said he was not a lawyer but did not explain why he appeared as one before a Magistrate.
Efforts to speak with the DPO proved abortive as he was said to have gone to the State Police Command Headquarters at Ikeja.
However, police sources said Olayeye would be charged to court soon.