Onyekachi Umah,Esq.

Daily Law Tips By Onyekachi Umah,Esq.(Tip 121)

“Agreements in Nigeria Do Not Require Signatures of Notaries Public or Magistrates or Court Staff to be Legal and Binding”.

Legality of agreement is not based on stamping or singing of agreement by a court staff/magistrate/Notary Public. Agreement will be legal where parties who are adults and sane have agreed on a lawful transaction. Even where there is an illiterate in the agreement the person writing the agreement can state so and does not need to go to court for Magistrate or any court staff.

See section 2 of Illiterates Protection Act, Laws of Nigeria (Abuja) and similars laws in states as well as the case of Okafor V. Titilope & Ors (2018) LPELR-44385 (CA).

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