The Chairman of Anti-Impersonation Committee of Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ihediohanma Akponye has frowned at the way people impersonate lawyers in Imo State.
Akponye spoke when his committee visited the state Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro in his office in Owerri, the state capital.
He stated that fake lawyers were causing huge economic losses to the state.
The lawyer said that NBA was unhappy at the spate of fraud ravaging the state and was poised to contribute its quota to stem the tide.
Akponye said, “We have observed that Imo State is now riddled with fraud caused by persons that impersonate as lawyers. This is very disturbing to the Bar and as a Committee we are committed to ensuring that impersonators face the wrath of the law.
“The Anti Impersonation Committee of the NBA is determined to identify and flush out fake lawyers and unscrupulous elements who illegally engage and carry on some businesses that are the exclusive preserve of members of the legal profession thereby hurting the trust of the public and the economy of the state.”
He commended the police in the state for arresting a fake female lawyer, adding that more persons who impersonate the profession should be arrested and prosecuted.
Akponye added, “It is important we say this that only those called to the Nigerian Bar are legally qualified to practice as lawyers in Nigeria.
“Even if you are a graduate but as long as you are not called to Bar you can’t practice as a lawyer. That your spouse, father or mother is a lawyer does not also qualify one as a lawyer or to parade NBA stickers.”
Those who accompanied the chairman were Ifeoma Ihesie, Peter Oduba, Eke Onyeforo, T. O.B Okey, Blaise Iwunze, E.C Onyema, and Williams Okere.