A 38 year-old, Bada Azeez Ayoola, who has been allegedly parading himself as a lawyer was today, arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on charges bordering on impersonation, false pretence and giving false statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Ayoola, a resident of 55, Muyiwa Opaleye Street, Sanya, Surulere, Lagos, was arraigned before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo led-court on the alleged charges.
The EFCC in a charge marked FHC/L/172c/18, alleged that defendant while claimed to be a legal practitioner with the name Bada Azeez Ayoola & Co, Legal and Property Consultant, sometimes on November 9, 2015, at Surulere, Lagos, issued an official receipt in his company name to one Miss Chioma Okolie, evidencing payment for a rent.
The defendant who also claimed to be a graduate of Estate Management from Lagos State Polytechnic, was also alleged to have on February 26, 2018, at Ikoyi Office of the EFCC, during investigation made a confessional statement that he is a legal practitioner and rendered legal services to Miss Chioma Okolie, which he knew to be false.
During his arraignment, the prosecutor, Mr. Temitope Banjo, told the court that the offences committed by the defendant are contrary to sections 5 in conjunction with Section 8(b), 6(a), of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences, 2006. And sections 109(a)(b) of the Criminal Act Cap C38 of the revised edition of laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2007.
Banjo also told the court that the offence committed by the defendant contravened section 16(1), 32(2) and punishable under section 16(2) of the EFCC Act of 2004.
The self-acclaimed lawyer pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Upon his not guilty plea, his lawyer, A. I. Iwowo, asked the court for a short date for hearing of his client’s bail application.
Following the application, Justice Oguntoyinbo, while adjourned the matter till November 22, for hearing of the bail application, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.