From the Court

My most dramatic day in court

By Kayode Adeoti

The principal partner of Versatile Law firm based in Ilorin, Henry Abraham began his legal career with A.T. Ahmed (SAN) after bagging Diploma Certificate from Kwara State Polytechnic in 1994. He later secured appointment with the state Security Service. He proceeded to the University of Ilorin, Kwara State where he had his LL.B in 2011 and he was equally called to bar same year. He shares with KAYODE ADEOTI his unforgettable day as a lawyer. Excerpts:

My most dramatic day in court was equally the most hilarious moment for me in this profession. It was the day confusion wore me like a garment. It all happened thus;

Before leaving home on this fateful day, I had my gown and wig with me but getting to court, I couldn’t find the wig, I became dazzled and I started searching for it. How it got missing was a mystery hard to unravel. Maybe I left it mistakenly on the burnet of my car or it dropped off while arranging the files, all these were running in my mind even as the search mission continued.

I was already late for court so I needed to rush along. I was one of the most senior in court so my appearance was crucial. Legal profession is noble, it gives preference to the most senior lawyer in court and cases were called based on this formula.

I entered court without the wig on that day because as much as I’d searched, it was nowhere to be found. But fortunately for me, I was with two other lawyers, they are my junior, I just instructed them to appear for me while I resorted to seating at the back. Though the scenario was dramatic and hilarious, but I was very angry with myself. I finally lost the wig because I didn’t see it again, I had to buy another one, then, I learnt to always tie it to the tail end of my gown, this is just to prevent similar occurrence.

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