Encroachment: Lawyers Raise Alarm over Move by Amuwo Odofin Local Government to Render ‘Legal Services’ to the Public

A group of vigilant lawyers have detected an alleged move by the Amuwo Odofin Local Government of Lagos State to [purportedly] render legal services in blatant contravention to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007 that bars all lawyers from aiding non-lawyers in the illegal practice of law or offer of legal services.

The services listed on the advert poster, sent out by the Council, as shared by our colleagues are:

  • To swear on Oaths, Affidavits, Declarations and Depositions
  • To authenticate documents for international recognition To authenticate Bills of Exchange
  • To officially stamp and seal documents
  • To verify company documents
  • To verify identity and signature
  • To witness the execution of local and international documents such as sale and purchase agreements, etc
  • To authenticate Power of Attorney, Deeds, Security Documents, Mortgages, Company Resolutions, Minutes of Meetings and Reports
  • , Police Clearance Certificates, Biodata Page of International

The local council is not a legal practitioner within the definition of the provision of the Legal Practitioners Act, Cap L.11, Laws of the Federation, 2004. Section 2(1) of the LPA provides that a person shall be entitled to practise as a barrister and solicitor if, and only if, his name is on the rolls of lawyers at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.


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