After his first degree in Islamic studies at Usman Danfodio University, 2002, for his strong passion for law, Malik Abdulmajeed Folorunsho proceeded to University of Ilorin to study Combine Law and he graduated 2013. After wards, he had his B.L in Kano Campus and was called to the Nigerian Bar, 2014. In this interview, the Ilorin-based legal practitioner, who is undergoing his pupilage with Ashaolu & Co shares with KAYODE ADEOTI, his unforgettable day in court. Excerpts:
Since I was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2014, I’ve been attending to cases ranging from criminal, Chieftaincy to divorce matters and many more, but the one that is most memorable to me was the case I handled shortly after I was called to bar. I was called to bar Tuesday 26th November and I resumed with my principal the following week.
The matter was before Justice Ajayi, and the opposition counsel was Barrister Ahmed Alawaye. It was a civil matter and there was a motion slated for that day. But, suddenly, my boss left the court to attend to something outside and shortly after wards, our case was called. That was my first experience in court. I became confused because I didn’t know what next to do. I began looking outside maybe I will be able to beckon on him to start coming but no help was forth coming.
But thanks to the judge and some other senior lawyers in the court who guarded me on what to do.
Having summoned courage, I was able to move the application based on what we’ve practicalised in school but I was seriously shivering, being my first appearance before a real judge. Another thing that guarded me was that I didn’t want my boss to lose the client so I had to comport myself very well. The experience of once been a teacher also helped me. That day, everything that has ever nurtured my experience in life was just coming to me thereby enhancing my performance.