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Day Judge nudged me to continue case as rookie

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Olayinka Dauda Jimoh is a strong member of the Young Lawyers Association, Ilorin branch. His selfless service to the development of the association has placed him in good stead in the legal profession. The current lead counsel in Armstrong Attorney in Ilorin had his LLB in University of Ilorin and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012. He however underwent his NYSC programme in Sokoto, where he equally had his first stint with M. A. Sambo & Co before he joined Olomu & Co. in Ilorin, Kwara State capital. He shares with KAYODE ADEOTI his unforgettable day in court as a lawyer. Excerpts:

Going by my years of experience in the profession, I have handled many cases in which most of them were very outstanding, but the one I can’t forget in a hurry was the one I did while in Sokoto, it was during my NYSC year when I was with my first boss.

The appellant in the case was convicted on a charge of culpable homicide punishable with death; he was involved in a murder case. He killed a fellow in Sokoto. The charge was brought before the High Court in Sokoto and we appealed against it. On that fateful day, my boss sent me to handle the matter in court and that was my first appearance.

I appeared before three judges of the Court of Appeal presided over by Hon. Justice Amad Olarewaju Belgore. In my submission, I told the court that I could not go on with the case because my boss was not around. I was too young then for the case, and didn’t have the right words to use but the judge encouraged me, he went further to share with me his experience when he was equally a corps member. He told me that being a corper lawyer, I should be able to handle any case favourably. This gave me a sort of boldness.

Meanwhile, I have filed the processes at the Court of Appeal, the Judge asked me if I was the one who did it, I told him I was the one and he commended my effort saying it was a brilliant piece. After I had left service, I was told the boy was discharged and acquainted because the judgement of the Court was reversed. Later on, the man called me just to appreciate my effort, and since then we’ve been good friends.

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