Criminal Law

EFCC arrests fake lawyer inside court

An alleged fake lawyer on Wednesday met his nemesis right inside a courtroom and he was promptly arrested by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The fake lawyer who said he works with the firm of Aladejobi and Aladejobi and Co was at a Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos presided over by Justice Mojisola Dada’s Special offences Court.

The alleged fake lawyer according to findings was said to have claimed to be a lawyer to one of the sureties to Ismaila Mustapha alias Mompha. He came to the court with a letter requesting for the court proceedings on behalf of his surety.

This was after Justice Dada had given a pronouncement that Mompha be arrested for jumping bail

Thereafter, EFCC prosecuting counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo asked that he should be taken into custody for proper profiling and interrogation.

Earlier today, Justice Dada issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the embattled suspected internet fraudster being prosecuted.

Mustapha is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a 8-count charge bordering on the offences of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over N6billion, along with his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited.
The defendant alongside his company Ismalob Global Investment Limited was arrested on January 10, 2022 by EFCC, arraigned and granted bail.

He failed to appear in court on two scheduled dates for his trial.
During proceedings today, the judge stood down the matter for a while in expectation of the defendant’s arrival, but he failed to appear in court for continuation of his trial.
The judge revoked the defendant’s bail and ordered his arrest and adjourned till June 30, 2022.

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