Charles Nwadiani, a 42-year-old man who allegedly claimed to be a lawyer, was on Monday, August 5, 2019, arraigned before an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
He is currently facing a six-count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery, obtaining under false pretenses and resisting arrest. The Prosecutor, ASP. Gbemileke Agoi, made it known to 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 governor of Osun State, 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 N1.45 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 N250,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until October 22 for mention.
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