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My most dramatic day in court


Abdulfatah Yusuf Babadudu bagged his LL.B certificate from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State in 2004. Afterwards, he proceeded to the Nigeria Law School, Lagos Campus and was called to Bar in 2006. He became principal of Abdulfatah Yusuf & Partners, Ilorin, Kwara State in 2016. He shares with KAYODE ADEOTI, his most dramatic moment as a legal practitioner. Excerpts:
The day I can never forget is my first appearance in person before a judge after being called to Bar. On that very occasion, I was not prepared to appear and defend any matter, reason is because I went to court with my principal. Unfortunately for me, my principal left the court suddenly though he had earlier told me he would be outside and come back shortly. Lo and behold, when our case was called, he was nowhere to be found. I became perplexed and worried; I was looking through the window thinking he would be sighted and beckoned upon. When the reality of the fact that no one would do it if I don’t brace up dawn on me, I summoned courage and decided to announce my appearance. The introduction was very poor. And that marked my first appearance alone in court.
However, while I was trying to compose myself for the matter, I begun to fret and sweat profusely despite the fact that I was standing under a fan. But the good thing in the legal profession is that when young lawyers seems to be confused in court over some issues, the senior ones will come around to render assistance by in guiding on what to do in order to have a perfect presentation and that was exactly what helped me that day.

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