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Sweat profusely during first appearance in court


Abdulfatah Yusuf Babadudu bagged his LL.B certificate from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State in 2004. Afterwards, he proceeded to the Nigeria Law School, Lagos Campus and was called to Bar in 2006. He became principal of Abdulfatah Yusuf & Partners based in Ilorin, Kwara State in 2016. He shares with our JUDICIARY CORRESPONDENT, KAYODE ADEOTI, his unforgettable moment in Court as a legal practitioner. Excerpts:

The day I can never forget is my first appearance in person before a judge after being called to Bar. On that very occasion, I was not prepared for appearance and to defend any matter, reason being that I went to court with my principal. Unfortunately for me, he left the court suddenly though he had earlier told me he would go somewhere and come back later. Lo and behold, when our case was called, he was nowhere to be found. I became perplexed and worried; I was looking through the window thinking he would be sighted and beckoned upon. When the reality of the fact that no one would do it dawn on me, I braced up and summoned courage. The introduction was very poor, but I struggled to announce my appearance. And that marked my first appearance alone in court.
However, while I was trying to compose myself for the matter, I began to fret and sweat profusely despite the fact that I was standing under a fan. But the good thing in the legal profession is that when young lawyers seems to be confused in court over some issues, the senior ones will come around to render assistance by guiding on what to do in order to have a perfect presentation and that was exactly what helped me that day.

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