Daily Law Tips (Tip 456) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)
WHY SIGNATURES MUST ALWAYS GO WITH NAMES.
On what is SIGNATURE?
“… the definition of the word signature as? highlighted in the case of DR. BOLAJI AKINSANYA V FEDERAL MORTGAGE FINANCE LIMITED (2010) LPELR – 3687 (CA) which states thus: “A person’s name or mark written by the person or at the person’s direction. Any name, mark or writing used with the intention of authenticating a document.” Per NIMPAR, J.C.A.
“The importance of stating the name of the signatory cannot be over – emphasized. Signature is only identifiable by the name of the signatory. Court processes must therefore be signed by a named legal practitioner.” Per Mshelia, J.C.A.
My authorities are the decisions of court in the cases of;
1. THE VESSEL MV NAVAL GENT & ORS v. ASSOCIATED COMMODITY INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (2015) LPELR-25973(CA)
2. AKINSANYA & ANOR. V. FMFL (2010) LPELR-3687(CA)
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