DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 289)
ARE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES ACCEPTABLE IN NIGERIA.

Where any document is to be approved/proved by signature, then an electronic signature on such document is a sufficient signature. So, electronic signatures are allowed and acceptable in any part of Nigeria including courts.

My authorities are sections 93(2) and 259 of the Evidence Act, 2011.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 173)
“An Unsigned Agreement Is Valid and Binding On Parties.”

It is basic knowledge that an unsigned document is worthless. Well, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has also held that an unsigned agreement is valid and binding where such agreement and intention of parties to be bound by it are not in doubt. And, there is no contrary statutory provisions and the signing of the agreement itself was not a condition for the existence of the agreement.

My authorities are OGUDO V. THE STATE (2011) LPELR-860(SC) and AWOLAJA & Ors V. SEATRADE G.B.V (2002) LPELR-615(SC)

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 145)
“Power Of Attorney Can Not Transfer Ownership/Title Of A Property”

Power of Attorney is an instrument that merely delegates, extends and offers limited powers to a person to do something. It cannot and does not transfer, vest, confer or alienate the title and ownership of its Donor. It is wrong to use or have only a power of attorney as prove of ownership of title. Though some states allow the registration of power of attorney, it is actually registered as an instrument allowing and authorising execution of another instrument for alienation, sale and transfer of ownership. So, Deed of Sale, Deed Of Assignment, Deed Of Conveyance and Deed Of Transfer are better options.

My authorities are section 2 of Land Instruments Registration Law, Vol. 3, Laws Of Ogun State, 2006 and similar laws in other states of the Federation as well as the cases of Ude V. Nwara (1993)2 NWLR Part 278, 647 and Olorunfemi V. Nigeria Educational Bank Limited (2003) NWLR Part 812,p.1.


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