Isaac Omogbenle Adebayo, is a veteran Lawyer in Kwara State. He possesses Diploma in Law from the Kwara State Polytechnic and obtained his first degree from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State in 1998. He was called to the Nigeria Bar in 2000. He’s presently the lead counsel of ‘Dominion Chambers’ in Ilorin, the state capital. He shares with KAYODE ADEOTI the most dramatic experience he has ever had as a legal practitioner.
I have had series of memorable days, which are as well dramatic in this profession. I can’t forget a particular encounter with the law enforcement agents, They are perceived to be custodians of law in the society, but the experience I had with them that day proved this notion otherwise.
The unforgettable encounter occurred when I handled a particular matter that involved vigilantes from Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State. They were charged for homicide; the report was that they killed a Fulani man. There were lapses in the investigation, which I capitalised on. At a point, they decided to withdraw the First Information Report (FIR). The magistrate, however, noted that my clients shouldn’t be re-arrested without court order. But, to my dismay, immediately we stepped out of the courtroom, they re-arrested them. I was terrified and tried so hard to challenge the security agents, but they overpowered me because I didn’t have gun or cutlass. There was nothing I could do, so I had to follow them to Abuja. I felt unhappy that security men could flout court order without any justification.