SSS arrests fake lawyer

A 25-year-old man, Mr. Ibrahim Aminu, has been arrested by the men of the State Security Service, Bauchi State Command.

Aminu, who has been parading himself as a lawyer and an employee of the National Intelligence Agency, was arrested following a tip-off.

The accused was alleged to have defrauded two men of the sum of N193, 000 after presenting himself as a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Gombe branch.

The Assistant Director of the SSS, in Bauchi, Mr. Olu Justin, told journalists on Tuesday, that 83 passports belonging to different individuals, a forged stamp of Providence Chamber, Dutse, Jigawa State, and University of Maiduguri identity card were found on him.

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Justin said the suspect claimed to be an employee of the NIA and collected money from unsuspecting people on the pretence of helping them get a job.

The Assistant Director said the suspect would soon be handed over to the police for prosecution.

He warned members of the public to be wary of the people who go about looking for whom to defraud.

The suspect, who said he is married and has a daughter, added that his wife would soon give birth to their second baby.

Aminu, who begged for leniency, said he took to crime because of poverty.

Aminu said he was a student of the University of Maiduguri but dropped out as a result of financial problems.

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He also said he is at present a student of law at the College of Legal and Islam Studies, Misau.

Aminu said the passports found on him belonged to candidates that he helped to enrol for WAEC and SSCE.

He said he had at various times taught the candidates English and Literature in English in Gombe and Bauchi states.

He added that the forged stamp of Providence Chamber, Dutse, belonged to a friend who left it in his house.

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