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My most dramatic day in court


Barrister Kisito Orji had his LL.B from University of Enugu in 2002 and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 2004. He bagged his Masters Certificate in Industrial and Labour Relations in 2007. He became a Rotary public in 2015, and he’s currently serving in the law firm, R.A. Lawal & Co. located in Ilorin, Kwara state capital. In this interview, he shares with KAYODE ADEOTI his most dramatic day in court. Excerpts:

Since I’ve been practising law, this is the matter that is most tasking, how? I had to read and study what is totally not my field and I think that account for why they refer to lawyers as learned. So, if I’ve forgotten many other days of unique experiences in court, this particular day, I can’t.

The matter was very contentious, it’s about appointment of Chief Imam of Offa central mosque, at the Upper Area Court here in Ilorin, that was many years ago.

The matter lasted for a whole day, there were cross examinations and the likes. And at the end, we raised a preliminary objections and the judgment was delivered in our favour. They went to appeal but appellant court agreed with us.

Why was it dramatic to me? I had to study Quran, in fact, it got to a time that my head was spinning but I persisted and it helped me greatly in court as I was able to use it as defence to address the matter at hand. Court marvelled at  how I was able to handle it being a Christian.

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