Man Arraigned For Impersonating SAN In Lagos

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A 27-year-old man, Omotayo Raphael, was on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja High Court for allegedly parading himself as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

Omotayo was docked before Justice Mojisola Dada on two-count charge bothering on fraud and impersonation.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

According to counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), M. K. Bashir, the alleged impersonator, Omotayo Raphael, was found to be in possession of some fraudulent documents where he also claimed to be Michael Blacks.

EFCC also alleged that the said impersonation occurred around April 2017.

In the documents obtained from Raphael’s computer, he was alleged to have pretended to be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in order to defraud an American, one Juliet of an undisclosed amount of money.

Suspecting foul play, Ms Juliet, had petitioned the EFCC who swung into action and arrested Raphael.

During a search of the defendant’s laptop and email address, the said false documents and emails were retrieved.

He was also alleged to have defrauded one Deborah Phillips, under the pretext that he is a construction engineer.

The anti-graft commission also said the offences contravene Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.”

Raphael however had no legal representation during his arraignment was remanded in Ikoyi prisons on justice Mojisola Dada’s order.

The matter has been adjourned till March 2018 for commencement of trial.