By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The long arm of the law has caught up with two impostors who have been impersonating a Commissioner of Police and a lawyer in Lagos.
They were among the 13 suspected criminals paraded on Monday by the Lagos State Police Command.
Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, paraded them at the Command headquarters, Ikeja.
According to the police spokesperson, the duo have been going about in the nomenclature of the rank and profession to deceive unsuspecting members of the public.
While parading the suspects, the police image maker disclosed that the fake Commissioner of Police Identified as Nwagu Emmanuel was apprehended at a police formation, where he introduced himself with the rank, but could not justify it on further enquires.
Hundeyin stated that the impostor was offered full compliment by officers and men on duty, but later discovered to be an impostor.
His words, ” On September 2, 2023 at about 4.40pm, one Nwagu Emmanuel ‘m’ visited a police premises and introduced himself as a Commissioner of Police.
In the case of the fake lawyer, Hundeyin hinted that he was arrested following complaint by members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Epe branch.
Identified as Ibrahim Bello, the fake lawyer was alleged to have been presenting himself as a lawyer at the Epe High/Magistrate Court for several years.
” On September 4, 2023, after receipt of a complaint from the Nigeria Bar Association, Epe Branch, against one Ibrahim Bello ‘m’ who has been conducting and presenting himself as a lawyer at the Epe High/Magistrate Court for several years, operatives of the command arrested the suspect fully dressed as a lawyer in court.
“He was brought in for questioning, where he was discovered to be an impersonator”.
Upon a search conducted in his office, two photo frames in which he dressed in lawyer’s robe, several books on law practice, which include Tenancy Law 2015, Law of Lagos State 2015, Administration of Criminal Justice Repeal and Reenactment Law, Law of Trespass To Land and Nuisance, third edition, Due Process of Law edited by Akintunde O. Obilade & Gloria J. Braxton and Lagos State Government Oba and Chiefs of Lagos State Government were recovered.