An Area court sitting in Jos, the Plateau state capital on Friday remanded one Lawrence Abiola in the prison custody for alleged impersonation as a Lawyer.
Mr. Abiola was arraigned before Kabong Area Court Jos on alleged impersonation, criminal conspiracy and theft.
According to police First Information Report (FIR), one Bricks Martin of around Alama Private School Jos, reported that Abiola collected money from him but fail to do the job.
Martin had told the police that he was looking for somebody to draft a letter of administration in respect of his property. And Abiola told him that he was a professional lawyer.
“Subsequently he engaged him and paid him N130,000 of which he used the money without doing the job.
“He also converted a water reservoir and kerosene tank from the property amounting to N120,000 and N110, 000 respectively,” says the FIR.
The FIR indicated that the accused obtained a diploma in law from University of Jos in 2006.
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, English Language and Literature from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ogun State with matriculation.
After the report was read to him, the accused Abiola pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Counsel, Mr F. T Gwande made an oral application for bail citing sections 312, 322, 323 and 36(6) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Gwande argue that all that was read were mere allegations and have not been proven, therefore his client was entitled to bail and will not likely jump bail if granted.
However, the Prosecutor, Ezekiel Galadimma opposed the bail and submitted that based on the seriousness of the offence, the court should not grant bail to the accused.
Galadimma added however, that the bail application should come in a formal way where it would be documented.
The Presiding Judge, Nanlong Dashe directed the defence counsel to make a formal application for bail; the case has been adjourned till 14th December 2018.