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Day the star witness died in court

Called to the Bar in 2010, a graduate of University of Ilorin. He studied Combined Law with a journey that started earlier from College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), Ilorin, before proceeding to Bayero University, Kano where he obtained Diploma Certificate in Sharia and Common Law in 2002.

Bashir Faisal Folorunsho hails from Faagba family house in Ilorin, Kwara State. Son of a lawyer, Folorunsho was well-grounded in law all thanks to his father.

He started his practice at Adekunle Sulyman and Co. in Lagos before proceeding to the Eminent Chambers, A.K. Ajibade and Associates in Ilorin and later became the head of chamber between 2016 till 2020.

With ADETUNJI AYOBROWN, the Principal Partner, BF Folorunsho and Associates narrated one of his most dramatic moments in Court.

Monday, 20th October 2014 is a day I will never forget in life. The case was a land matter against a particular church.

It was a day of commotion where everyone present in the courtroom ran for their safety while some of us tried to resuscitate the dying witness. And it was too late.

Everyone was aware that my client will say the truth because he knew more about the land than any other members of the family

But Before he could say anything, my client, the star witness had fallen right inside the witness box. And many believed that my star witness was killed spiritually.

The land located around Mowe Area, Ogun State, was the bane of ownership tussle with family of Sokeye and others. Though, it all started long before I joined Adekunle Sulyman and Co. in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Case was heard in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. The man called Mathew Sokeye, my star witness died in the open court.

Looking calm, healthy and hearty, Matthew was the one who even came to pick me up at the motor-park that particular morning. We discussed at length before the commencement of the court sitting.

Until that morning, I was doing well with matter to the extent that our clients and their family members always ask my boss for my preference over other senior colleagues whenever he is not in the court.

Everyone including the opposing counsels rush to my client’s rescue but before we could help him out of the witness box to the door and out of the courtroom, the witness had already gone to the world beyond.

It was a very sad day for me. I was helpless and my star witness was dying right before me in the open court inside the witness box.

“Folorunsho what are you going to do now, go and see to your client’s health care,” the judge said.

“Today was a very bitter experience for Folorunsho who has been doing pretty well until now. A wonderful lawyer I wish him best of luck and I wish his client too quick recovery”, he added.

Unknown to the presiding judge that my client was already dead. But I knew within myself that something terrible had happened before anyone could rush to rescue him in the witness box.

The Judge further said “right from the inception of this case, I had been keenly watching you Folorunsho, go and take care of your client and another date will be communicated to you. I have been in practice for years before now never experience such event”.

Since then to proceed on the matter it took a very long time before any other member of the family could come out again.

The case is still on till date. It was a mixed feeling for me. It was the day I lost a client who loves me wholeheartedly and it was the day judge gave good commendations I will never forget.

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