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Ashamed, day judge ordered me out of Court for wearing mufti


Anthonia Oshiniwe first attended Kwara State Polytechnic for Diploma
in Law from 2000 to 2002, before she obtained Higher National Diploma
Certificate in Public Administration in the same institution in 2005.
Afterwards, she proceeded to the University of Ilorin and graduated in
2007. She had her Masters Degree in Strategic Studies also from
University of Ilorin between 2007 and 2009. Oshiniwe, later studied
Law in 2012 at the same University and graduated in 2016. She was at
the Nigerian Law School in 2017 and was called to Bar that same year.
She is currently one of the top members of the International
Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Kwara State branch and the CEO of
Theios CareGiver Initiatives. She shares with our JUDICIARY
CORRESPONDENT, KAYODE ADEOTI, her unforgettable moment in court as a
lawyer. Excerpts:
I cannot forget the day I was suppose to be in court but my client
said he was not interested in the case again so, I dressed to court in
mufti, in fact, in a trouser suit. Immediately I entered the court,
the magistrate looked at me and asked, “are you not supposed to appear
before me today?” I couldn’t reply because I was confused. I followed
him to his Chamber and explained to him that I was not prepared to
appear because my client said he’s not interested in the case again.
However, the magistrate queried my dressing because I was putting on
big earrings, trouser as if I had a party to attend… Later, he ordered
me to go and change the dress, unfortunately, I didn’t have a skirt in
my office and I informed him so, but he insisted that I must make
So, I had to go back home and when I entered the court, I had
forgotten to remove the socks I initially wore with my trouser suit,
the magistrate was just looking at me as if I am a clown, I looked so
unprepared because I had to rush back to the court.

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