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My most dramatic day in court

Olalekan Adepoju bagged Diploma Certificate in Law from the School of Legal Study, Kwara State Polytechnic in 1996 before proceeding to the University of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State where he obtained his LL.B in 2004. Afterwards, he went to the Nigerian Law School and was called to bar, 2005. He had his tutelage with Ashaolu Raphael & Co, later joined Salman Aliyu (SAN) and rose to the rank of HoC, he was there for three years before attaining the position of principal counsel of Olalekan Adepoju & Co. in 2010. In this interview, he shares with KAYODE ADEOTI his most dramatic day in court. Excerpts:

There has not been a day I don’t have spectacular moment in court. I have participated in many matters that are good, ugly and bad, and that is the experience of most lawyers. But the one that comes to my mind often times was a criminal case I handled a while ago. It was before a magistrate court. During the hearing, there were lots of issues that surrounded the matter, so I was meeting my senior colleagues on how to handle it. Looking at the case, there seems to be overwhelming evidence against the accused person I was representing, I became doubtful of the outcome of the matter. In fact, I was praying in my mind. But to God be the glory, during cross examination, I was able to punch holes in the questions and the evidence they put before him and lo and behold, it was a success for me. The judgement was delivered and my client was discharged and acquitted. I became so elated and I didn’t know when I jumped up, I had forgotten totally that I was in court. I pictured what my client would have suffered if the judgement was not in his favour. Apart from the fact that the day was my most dramatic, I learnt a lot through the matter.

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