Fake anti-corruption lawyer arrested in Nigeria for fraud

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The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a 53-year-old man, Muhammed Bolaji Abdulraheem, for obtaining money under false pretence, while parading as lawyer and dropping the name of the Commission. 

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Abdulraheem is accused of defrauding his unsuspecting client, Mallam  Yusuf Bello of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira). 

Bello in his petition to the EFCC alleged that Abdulraheem, while being his “lawyer,” recovered the sum N300,000 from his debtor but rather than bringing forth the money, claimed that it was in the custody of the EFCC. 

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When confronted with the allegation upon arrest by the Commission, Abdulraheem confessed that the money was neither brought to the EFCC nor did the Commission knew anything about it. 

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The story, however, also took a new dramatic turn on Monday, September 30, 2019 as the suspect shocked everyone by destroying his statement wherein he had claimed to have been called to the Bar and have been practicing law for more than two decades. 

This happened following the Commission’s discovery that the suspect was fake lawyer, who did not finish from the Nigerian Law School, having failed its graduation examinations twice. 

He will soon be charged to court.    

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