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Ashamed day magistrate-friend denied me appearance over dressing  

 

Rafat Abdul Solagberu Isau is the Legal Officer to the Local Government Commission. She had her LL.B from Usman Danfodio University in 2006. Afterward, she proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in 2007 and was called to Bar in 2008. Solagberu, while in  Law School, had her Chamber attachment at Olatoke & Co. She had her NYSC programme between 2009 to 2010. Subsequently, she began her legal practise  in the law firm of Abubakar Gambari, located in Ilorin, Kwara State. She, however, shares with our JUDICIARY CORRESPONDENT, KAYODE ADEOTI, her most unforgettable day in court. Excerpts;

My very most memorable day was when I had a matter before a magistrate who happens to be my friend and course mate from school. Unfortunately, I didn’t know I was having a matter on that day until when I checked my diary but, I was dressed in coloured suit.
I felt I don’t need to go home and change because I will be appearing before my friend. To my greatest surprise, I was dissapointed, my friend denied me appearance.
Another annoying thing that day was the fact that I was with a junior counsel. The magistrate said, ‘Solagberu, you cannot appear before me’, it was as if heaven should just fall. She went further ordering me to sit down, and began lecturing me saying since I’ve been called to Bar for the past three years, I should have known well enough, ethics of the profession. I knew I was wrong but I still want to reply her. I said, ‘this is a magistrate court, we are not expected  to wear black and white all times. She responded saying, ‘This is a magistrate court, in your office, you can wear what you like, it’s not applicable in my own court,’ my friend said.

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