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Traumatised, aggrieved day my case was transferred – Ojibara

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Barrister Mobolaji Ojibara was the Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ilorin Branch and the immediate past chairman of it. After his first degree (LL.B) from Bayero University, Kano 1998, he was called to the Nigeria Bar in 2000. He also had his (LL.M) from Obafemi Awolowo and is currently undergoing his Ph.D programme at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State. In this interview with KAYODE ADEOTI, the principal partner of the Ilorin-based legal film, ‘Loftyheight’, recounted his most dramatic day in court as a lawyer. Excerpts:

The case we had at the Upper Area Court will forever remain fresh in my mind because of the event that surrounded it. On this fateful day, we were conducting hearing of that matter, we were supposed to call five witnesses, and they have been examined in chief by us, they had also been cross-examined by the lawyer of the other party. But in a bid to re-examine the witnesses, I asked a question which one of the presiding judges overruled. But, going by the fact that I felt the question was important to my case; I requested that he should put me on record. Then he started writing, I thought he was putting me on record, alas! To my amazement, he was preparing his ruling. Afterwards, he told me the matter has been transferred to the chief registrar for re-assignment.

I felt so uncomfortable about this, because this is a case which I have called five witnesses, and which one of them came all the way from Ghana. It took us five adjournment to be able to bring him to Nigeria, therefore, when the judge said the matter had been transferred, I felt so shocked, pained and annoyed. But as it is largely believed, the judges owns their court, they can determine things in anyway. But, they should always do things bearing others in mind.

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