A woman identified as Fatima Ibrahim, has been arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Zaria, Kaduna State for impersonation on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016.
The accused had been petitioned bordering impersonation from the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Zaria, Augustine Agum, branch on behalf of the association before the Prosecutor, Sgt. Abubakar Ibrahim on October 17th, 2016.
According to Punch, Ibrahim said that the accused had been parading herself as a lawyer having not been trained and qualified as one.
The offence which contravened Section 179 of the Penal Code, during police investigations, the accused neither affirm nor denied the allegation against her.
Fatima who said that circumstances made act the way she did, confessed committing the offence.
The accused immediately retracted her guilty plea shortly after the prosecutor applied for her summary trial under Section 157 of Criminal Procedure Code.
The accused counsel, Abdurrasaq Ahmed, thereafter applied for her bail, arguing that the alleged offence was bailable.
The Chief Magistrate, Auwal Musa, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in the like sum.
Musa said that the sureties must present bank account statements, letter from a traditional ruler, authentic residential address and telephone number, Punch reports.
“It is not an easy case because it tempers with the reputation and credibility of members of the bar profession, therefore, we are all affected.”
The case has been adjoined till November 15th for hearing.
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