A man who paraded himself as a lawyer and allegedly defrauded a businessman has been arrested by the police after he was found hiding under his bed.
According to the police, Emmanuel Ifeanyi Uba, jumped bail, for over two years and was re-arrested under his bed.
Uba had been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, for allegedly impersonating a lawyer to swindle a businessman, one John C. Uka, at Trade Fair Complex, along Badagery Expressway, of N22 million. He was also accused of presenting a forged letter-headed paper of the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry to Uka, and obtained N22 million from the businessman. Uba was also accused of assuring the businessman that he had become his lawyer and would represent him in a business deal.
When the businessman suspected that Uba was not who he claimed to be and failed to return the N22 million, the matter was reported at the Zone 2 Police Command.
The defendant, who was first arraigned in 2008, is standing trial on a four- count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery, fraud and stealing brought against him by the police. He was granted bail of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum. After perfecting bail conditions, he was released from custody but he absconded and was re-arrested on March 28, when he was found hiding under his bed.
There was, however, a mild drama when the case was called as Uba, who was walking with the aid of a walking stick, fell down as he made to get into the dock. He was helped to a chair by court officials and immediately his lawyer, Mrs C. O. Mbah, told the court that Uba was seriously ill.
“He has chronic high blood pressure and other health problems, that’s why he has not been attending Court proceedings. We have a medical report here from a General Hospital showing his state of health. We are even representing him for free, because he has not been able to perfect his retainer agreement with us.”
Mbah, urged the Court not to remand the defendant, as he needed medical attention but the prosecutor Inspector Stephen Molo opposed her submission that the defendant was ill and further informed the Court that Uba lied to his sureties that the case was over.
The prosecutor said that after the police discovered that Uba had returned to Lagos and was in hiding, they secretly trailed his daughter as she returned home from an errand, and, although it was denied that he was home, Uba was found hiding under a bed in his bedroom.
Consequently, the Magistrate Mr. B.A Sonuga further adjourned the case till April 24.