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Day I lost all hope in a case but eventually won – Muhammed

Jimoh Saliu Muhammed is an Ilorin-based Legal Practitioner. He is a graduate of University of Ilorin, where he bagged his LLB in 2008 and thereafter proceeded to Nigerian Law School, Abuja campus and was called to the bar in 2009.

After his youth service, he joined the firm of J.S Bamgboye, where he practiced till the late 2019 when he started his own private practice, J.S Muhammed and Associates where he is currently the principal partner.

J.S Muhammad, as he is popularly known, is currently the NBA Secretary of Ilorin Branch and he has been an iconic personality in the legal profession in Kwara state and beyond.

In this chat with JIMOH SULYMAN, Barrister Muhammed shares his most dramatic experience in Court. Excerpt;

As a practitioner who goes to court almost everyday, one is bound to have a lot of experiences and scenarios, one particular case that I can’t forget ,was a matter that was at the Area court whereby the other party filed an appeal and we filed a stay of proceeding ,so the Area court rejected their application, when we go to the Appeal court ,we have it that one of the issues I raised in the application was the notice of Appeal upon which the other party case was based wasn’t even attached to the documents before court, so premised on that, the Court can even stay what was not even before it.

That Day was a tough day because at the Court considering the personality of the Court himself, he was just taking me up at every given opportunities and he wasn’t sparing the other counsel either.

It got to an extent that I was thinking that the ruling might not favour me, I almost lost hope in that case but as God will have it, the Court dismissed the other party’s application, the Court even went ahead to award the sum of N200,000 against the other party to be paid to the Government and it also went further to award an additional N20,000 also against the other party to be paid to my client.

One lesson I learned was that when you’re in Court sometimes, the proceeding might not necessarily point to the outcome of the ruling, it is when the Judge has retired into his chamber an at the point of writing his ruling that one can know what will happen, hence one shouldn’t give up easily.

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