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Lost composure, removed wig over N5m verdict slammed against me


Surajudeen Adekunle Bamidele secured admission to study Law at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife,  Osun State in 1991 and graduated in 1996. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999 and later obtained LL.M from the same institution. He’s currently pursuing his PhD at the Igbinedon University, Edo State. After his call to Bar, he had his NYSC programme at a Local Government in Benue State. He also had his legal attachment with Kayode Olatoke (SAN) in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital from 1999 to 2008 where he rose through the ranks to become Head of Chambers. He is currently the principal partner of Adekunle Bamidele & Co. Liberation Chambers, established in Ilorin in 2009. He shares with our JUDICIARY CORRESPONDENT, KAYODE ADEOTI, his most remarkable day in court. Excerpts:

Though it happened a long ago, but the drama has remained unforgettable in my mind. On this day that I consider most dramatic, I appeared against a very senior lawyer who was the claimants’ counsel. He was asking for about N5million naira from my client. What I prepared for that day was just to enter court and ask for adjournment date over the matter and that was why I decided not to send any junior colleague.

The senior counsel raised an issue that affected our paper, he attacked our defence and we were given judgment that day that we should pay the cost. I was surprised. Though we later set the judgment aside at the Court of Appeal and we won.

But that day, after the unexpected verdict, I don’t know how I got to the office. That decision 

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