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What is the signing of an agreement?

Several Nigerian Supreme Court cases have affirmed that the signing of a document can be done by parties to such agreement by affixing their marks identifying themselves as the party to such agreement. The form, length or scope of the agreement was not considered fundamental. What the court considered important is that the parties must put a mark on the document depicting their signing or execution of such document or agreement. The said mark, however, must be visible enough to the eyes without doubts or need for magnification.

In fact, it can be submitted that just writing of the initials i.e A.A as the signature of a party whose name is Adebayo Adekola to an agreement is sufficient signature. It can further be submitted that mere putting two strokes across one another is enough to stand as signature and nothing more over the board. Except for an illiterate must have a jurat for such document or agreement.


It is important to state here that irrespective of the marks used by parties, what is essential is that parties must sign agreements and said mark must be visible enough to the eyes without doubts or need for magnification.

As individuals and business entities, please be properly guided

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He is a lawyer, with interest in Property, Corporate, Commercial, Civil, and Criminal Law and Practice. He holds an Associate Graduate Diploma (ACIS) in Maritime and Shipping from the Certified Institute of Shipping of Nigeria. He is an Associate Member, Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria. You can reach him on +2349097066504.

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