A 42-year-old man, Charles Nwadiani, who allegedly claimed to be a lawyer, was on Monday docked before an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court.
Nwadiani is currently facing a six-count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery, obtaining under false pretences and resisting arrest.
The Prosecutor, ASP. Gbemileke Agoi told the court that the accused committed the offence in 2017 at No. 19, Lajo St., Igbogbo Town in Ikorodu.
Agoi said that the defendant falsely presented himself to Shamsodeen Ali as a lawyer and used such to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public.
According to the prosecutor, Nwadiani also presented himself to members of the public as a Special Adviser to former Lagos State Works Commissioner, Rauf Aregbesola.
The prosecutor further said that the defendant used forged business documents bearing Nwadiani and Co. to operate an illegal law office at Igbogbo.
He said that Nwadiani unlawfully collected the sum of ₦1.45 million from Ali with the pretext of providing him legal services.
Agoi said the offences contravened several sections of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs F.A. Azeez, granted Nwadiani bail of ₦250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Azeez adjourned the case until Oct. 22 for mention.