– Caught and paraded in Owerri for ‘fake vehicle auctioning’
By Sabinus Onyenywe
This lawyer is not a lawyer. Beatrice Nnamuoh, an Anambra State daughter, lives and ‘works’ in Imo State, in Orlu, to be precise. She tried for years to gain admission to read Law in a university but she said the price to ‘buy’ Law admission was too high for her. Does this mean that admission slots are sold in some parts of the country; and that the more lucrative the course, tte higher the price? That’s for another day!
She settled for Sociology, just to have a degree but her passion for Law burned on.
Now, she tried her hand by posing as a lawyer and it worked. She won a case and again and again. So, Beatrice ‘became’ a lawyer. According to her, she became more successful at winning cases than real lawyers.
The problem with such success is that it has an expiration date. The culprit would want to explore more, and more. So it was with Beatrice, 35, who has no husband but has a 4-year-old daughter, as if to show that she is adept at getting good results through wrong routes. She went into another business, auctioning of vehicles in her capacity as a ‘lawyer’ trusted to do such transactions. Money began flowing faster into her wallet.
The Imo State Police boss, himself from Anambra State, Chris Ajike, paraded the ‘lawyer’ in Owerri. The details below;
The Commissioner of police in Imo State, Mr. Chris Ezike on Thursday paraded 60 suspects which include one Beatrice Nnamuoh for impersonating as a lawyer.
According to him, Nnamuoh, (35), had practiced as a lawyer for five years, won many cases in courts and attached to many law firms in the course of her illegal duties.
Report reaching us from Imo state command said that she hails from Iyiawu village in Onitsha, Anambra state but resides at Okporo, Orlu LGA of Imo state.
It was gathered that exhibits said to be recovered from her included: Lawyers gown, wig, collaret and letter head papers etc.
Addressing newsmen, the Commissioner said that the suspect was arrested at Orlu after defrauding unsuspecting members of the public of various sums of money totaling over N342,000.
Said he, “She defrauded the unsuspecting members of the public the money with the pretence of selling auction vehicles to them having severally posed as a lawyer”.
Ezike however, observed that the suspect in the course of investigation confessed to be a fake lawyer.
“Nnamuoh also confessed to have forged the letter headed papers bearing Basil C. Okereke of Seat of Wisdom Chambers, No. 10 Orlu/Amakohia Road. A search conducted at her residence led to the recovery of the above exhibits,” Ezike added.
Answering questions from our correspondent, the suspect confessed that she had won cases in course of her practice as a lawyer for over five years, she had won many cases.
According to her, she was not arrested in the course of her illegal legal actions but over another matter that connected with auctioneering.
She said, “I studied the Sociology but I have worked with many lawyers. It was in the process that I learnt many things about Law. Jokes apart, I am very intelligent. There is nothing that I come across, I don’t know how to do and do it very well. I don’t do it very well is that I have not come across it”.
“I love Law profession, I sought for admission four times but couldn’t get because of lack of money. To help myself, I decided to go into it illegally. I have been doing it and succeeding in many cases I handled better than real Lawyers”.
Meanwhile, Nnamuoh, who is not married but has a baby girl of four years, lamented her actions but pleaded for leniency.