For parading himself as a lawyer and duping unsuspecting members of the public, a graduate of University of Jos (UNIJOS), Mba Akachukwu, is now cooling his heels in police custody. Akachukwu, who hails from Igbere in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, works for a legal practitioner in Aba.

The suspect said he used to dress as a lawyer and go to police stations to secure bail for criminals. According to him, he also used to prepare legal documents for people and charge fees ranging from N10,000 to N25,000.

He said: “I have made a fortune from parading myself as a legal practitioner. I know everything in legal practice even though I did not study Law. I did all that because after graduation I could not secure a job. I had to work as office assistant in a law firm where I learnt all about law profession.”

IGP NAkachukwu said he used the money he made from being a fake lawyer to purchase counterfeit currency papers in N500 and N1,000 denominations. He also said he was planning to print the currency papers worth N25 million and circulate to the public before he was arrested.

The police recovered two identity cards one as a litigation officer, the other as member of Aba North Local Government Area Task Force. Also recovered from him are several deeds of agreement and various letterheads. The suspect said he intended to use the money to marry a wife, build houses both in Aba and in his country home in Igbere. According to the state command, Akachukwu is still under investigation and will soon be charged to court.