Perplexed, day fright affected my submission as rookie
Jimoh Abdulkadir had his LL.B from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State in 2006, afterwards, he went to the Nigeria Law School and was called to Bar 2010. During his National Youth Service (NYSC) between 2010 and 2011, he served with Abubakar Gambari and Co., a law firm in Ilorin, Kwara State capital. Later, he joined AbdulGaniyu Billy Chambers in Ilorin. He is currently a senior partner at Armstrong Anthony & Associates. He however shares with ABIODUN BOLUJOKO, his unforgettable experience in court. Excerpts:
As a young counsel, when I was called to Bar in 2010, I was given a file by my principal to defend a criminal case in a Magistrate Court. I was actually asked to move a motion for bail of the accused… Being a first timer, I was perplexed, jittery that I could not compose myself.
However, to move the bail became a puzzle hard to solve, and eventually, I managed to do it but not satisfactorily. When I finished, I was ashamed of myself because the judge comments was hard on me. I can still remember that he asked me if am a lawyer, when I replied him yes, he counselled and admonished me to improve on my composure saying I lacked courage. I felt bad and discouraged over his comment but at the same time happy; knowing well that such cannot happen to me again. That experience also taught me to always prepare for any matter I want to handle even before coming to court.