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Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by iretex1(m): 7:37am On Nov 25, 2017
Disclaimer: the experience narrated here is reposted to inform the general public. I'm not related to the event, I'm compelled to share to make Nigeria better.

*How much did u do ur affidavit?*


FANTASTICALLY CORRUPT.

I travelled out of my state of residence to do a transaction on behalf of a client. Things went relatively well until I needed to take out an affidavit in court as one of the final stages of the transaction.

So I walked into this court, a federal high court, to do the affidavit. I had in mind that a day earlier , someone had told me in my office how she spent #4 000 to do an affidavit in court. I was furious . I know that only #100 of that #4 000 will go to government purse , the rest will go to some thieves who pose as government workers.

So I stepped into this court wishing that the thieves would try to play pranks on me. I file affidavit regularly in court but I have never experienced such extortion. May be it is because the court workers in my town of residence know me to be a lawyer. May be now that I am out of jurisdiction and dressed casually, the ones here will try to play a fast one on me. Just May be.

So In the court, I was directed to a certain lady. It Seems she is always the first contact person in this web of extortion. I entered the room. She asked me to sit. She was attending to someone, a captive I should say . The man was begging that he did not come with 4k, but the lady would have none of that. She asked the guy to go and come back complete. I was eavesdropping. The guy had just lost his certificate and wanted to make an affidavit to that effect. This is what is supposed to cost him N100. The guy even begged to pay N1000. But she refused. She insisted on the "full price".. In the end, the guy left to use Atm and come back. I was next in line!

I hold the belief that even if one should extort me, it should not be in court. The very thought of being extorted by a non- Lawyer in court is annoying to me. It is like a civilian slapping a Soldier in the barracks! If you must slap a soldier, must you do it in the barracks ?

So I took my turn in front of her. 'What do you want to do, sir? She asked.' Affidavit, of course, I replied. She asked what type of affidavit , bringing out a plain sheet of paper and pen, with an air of fake seriousness. She said she needed to know the type of affidavit because they will help me to type it.

At that point, I brought out a copy of the affidavit as typed by my secretary a day before I traveled. I told her that all I needed was to make the oath before a Commissioner for that purpose. Seems she was taken aback. Seems see didn't expect me to come with my affidavit already written and typed out. She excused me and left with the document. I guess she went to consult with her superiors.

She did not stay too long.

'sir, are you a Barrister'?
'Yes, does it matter'?
'I mean a real Barrister '?
Silence.
' sir are you based here in town '?
Silence.
' Sir'?

I think she wondered if I was really a lawyer as they have not seen me in their court before . May be her superior had suggested that I just claimed to be a lawyer in the affidavit just to evade their extortion.

I told her to go straight to the point. That I still needed to travel back. I told her to show me where to pay and get the oath Commissioner's stamp. At that point, she cut a piece of paper and wrote on it. She signed a complicated signature. She made the stealing to seem official. Unlike how she handled the guy before me, she didn't say a word about the amount I was to pay. She could not speak to me about it . She wrote it down and signed and then showed me where to take it to.

So I took it to whom I was directed. The man took the piece of paper from me and studied it as if it was a graph or some complicated map . Then,as if he had suddenly deciphered a hidden code, he said out loud : 'two thousand'. I paid the two thousand Naira and waited. The man stamped on the document and wrote on it with red ink. I noticed that he did not write the amount received by the Court on behalf of government, as is the custom. He directed me back to the lady who sent me to him . He said she is the one to take me to the Commissioner for oaths .

I was irritated by the unnecessary back and forth, but I was determined to see the end of it .

After the Commissioner had put his stamp on the affidavit, I went straight back to the guy who took 2k from me and demanded a receipt. He looked lost when he saw me again.

He said they don't give receipts. I said its not possible for the federal government of Nigeria to take #2000 from me and not give any evidence of payment. He then said their receipt has finished. I told him to use his red pen and write 2000 on the affidavit. He Shrunk his shoulders, as if to say 'God forbid'.

I told him, Point blank, that he has trouble on his hands. That he should not think that I will leave without evidence of payment. That if he can not handle it he should bring in his superior. I threatened to go to the court Registrar if he continues to waste my time. It Seems the mention of the Registrar was frightening to him. He said to me 'please sit down' and stepped out, running.

He returned with a woman I presume is his unit head, a woman in her late forties by my estimation. She asked what was the problem. I told her there was no problem. That I am surprised the guy brought her. That all I want is receipt or some evidence of payment.

She said that their receipt has finished. She brought out a big book and said they enter all the payment entries made by everyone and at the end of the day, they issue one receipt!

Hear lie. One receipt to whom? She did not even seem like an intelligent thief to me. Seeing that her explanation meant nothing to me, she collected the affidavit from me and looked. The next thing I heard was :

'who typed it? Who asked you to type it?'
She said they will give me my money back and take 'their affidavit'. That I should go elsewhere and make the oath.

At this point, I lost my patience and temper. It became clear to me that I was dealing with an ignorant crook. Who told her that she had the power to stop me from doing the affidavit? Who told her that private affidavits must be typed by the Court. I mean she made it so clear with her actions that she is fantastically corrupt.

I stepped out of their office and headed to the Registrar's office. They started pleading. The guy who took the money started running helter skelter.

He took me to the office of another oga. The oga was polite. Cool office. He took the affidavit document from me and read. He screamed : 'did they not even read this thing to see that this man is a lawyer'? He stormed out and left me alone in the office.

It became clear to me that the oga was not necessarily angry at what they did. He was angry that they did it to a lawyer. He felt they were daft to do so to a lawyer. They should have done it only to other members of the public. They should have known that a lawyer is "bad market".

The oga returned with the woman and asked her to apologise for saying I should get my #2000 and go elsewhere to do the oath. She did. And I accepted the apology.

The oga thought that was all. He looked happy, as if everything has been settled. As if he had just resolved a conflict between Iraq and Kuwait. I brought him back to reality by saying that I am still waiting for receipt. You can't extort me and apologise and bid me farewell, without a refund.

At that point, he asked the lady to excuse us. As soon as the room had only Me and him, he removed the masquerade. He said :"BUT BARRISTER, YOU AND I KNOW THAT THIS THING IS HUNDRED NAIRA. How do we give receipt for 2 thousand "?

I did not bulge. I told him that it was either he gave me the receipt for 2k or I go to the court registrar.

At that point, he went out quietly without a word. I did not know if he went to get the receipt or my money. I looked through the window and saw him outside calling the staff to gather my money. It was then I knew that the loot had already been shared (it was close of work and I was the last customer). They had to send someone to call one of the staff at the gate to bring his part before entering a taxi home.

The oga soon returned to the office with my #2000 and asked for hundred Naira. I gave him #100. They wrote #100 on the affidavit with red ink and gave a receipt reflecting #100. The same receipt they said they didn't have.

I walked out of the court feeling sorry for the country. I mean this is a court of law! A place you would expect to see the strictest adherence to probity. Yet people openly engage in extortion. Government charges #100 for something, but corrupt government workers make it #4000 (I believe I was charged #2000 cos I had mine typed already).

People no longer do subtle corruption in this country. Corruption is the norm. They make you look stupid if you don't join in. Every sector is involved, not just the political class. The civil service stinks.

And someone wants me to believe that Nigeria is not fantastically corrupt. Please keep sharing until it gets to the right people. Nigeria must be saved.

May God save my ctry Nigeria.

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Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by U1(m): 7:11pm On Jul 27, 2018
Nice share. It's this kind of thing that drives me close to despondency sometimes when thinking about this country. Imagine a hike of about 4000%! shocked

As the writer noted, this happens in practically all government offices. How did we get here? The current older generations have failed us!

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Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by nellaluv(f): 6:20am On Oct 05, 2018
Chai... na wa ooo. This is really sad
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by omoneg: 11:09am On Oct 23, 2018
Wow! Thanks for sharing this.

Please clarify me..i am not a lawyer..can i write my letter and take there too?


iretex1:
Disclaimer: the experience narrated here is reposted to inform the general public. I'm not related to the event, I'm compelled to share to make Nigeria better.

*How much did u do ur affidavit?*


FANTASTICALLY CORRUPT.

I travelled out of my state of residence to do a transaction on behalf of a client. Things went relatively well until I needed to take out an affidavit in court as one of the final stages of the transaction.

So I walked into this court, a federal high court, to do the affidavit. I had in mind that a day earlier , someone had told me in my office how she spent #4 000 to do an affidavit in court. I was furious . I know that only #100 of that #4 000 will go to government purse , the rest will go to some thieves who pose as government workers.

So I stepped into this court wishing that the thieves would try to play pranks on me. I file affidavit regularly in court but I have never experienced such extortion. May be it is because the court workers in my town of residence know me to be a lawyer. May be now that I am out of jurisdiction and dressed casually, the ones here will try to play a fast one on me. Just May be.

So In the court, I was directed to a certain lady. It Seems she is always the first contact person in this web of extortion. I entered the room. She asked me to sit. She was attending to someone, a captive I should say . The man was begging that he did not come with 4k, but the lady would have none of that. She asked the guy to go and come back complete. I was eavesdropping. The guy had just lost his certificate and wanted to make an affidavit to that effect. This is what is supposed to cost him N100. The guy even begged to pay N1000. But she refused. She insisted on the "full price".. In the end, the guy left to use Atm and come back. I was next in line!

I hold the belief that even if one should extort me, it should not be in court. The very thought of being extorted by a non- Lawyer in court is annoying to me. It is like a civilian slapping a Soldier in the barracks! If you must slap a soldier, must you do it in the barracks ?

So I took my turn in front of her. 'What do you want to do, sir? She asked.' Affidavit, of course, I replied. She asked what type of affidavit , bringing out a plain sheet of paper and pen, with an air of fake seriousness. She said she needed to know the type of affidavit because they will help me to type it.

At that point, I brought out a copy of the affidavit as typed by my secretary a day before I traveled. I told her that all I needed was to make the oath before a Commissioner for that purpose. Seems she was taken aback. Seems see didn't expect me to come with my affidavit already written and typed out. She excused me and left with the document. I guess she went to consult with her superiors.

She did not stay too long.

'sir, are you a Barrister'?
'Yes, does it matter'?
'I mean a real Barrister '?
Silence.
' sir are you based here in town '?
Silence.
' Sir'?

I think she wondered if I was really a lawyer as they have not seen me in their court before . May be her superior had suggested that I just claimed to be a lawyer in the affidavit just to evade their extortion.

I told her to go straight to the point. That I still needed to travel back. I told her to show me where to pay and get the oath Commissioner's stamp. At that point, she cut a piece of paper and wrote on it. She signed a complicated signature. She made the stealing to seem official. Unlike how she handled the guy before me, she didn't say a word about the amount I was to pay. She could not speak to me about it . She wrote it down and signed and then showed me where to take it to.

So I took it to whom I was directed. The man took the piece of paper from me and studied it as if it was a graph or some complicated map . Then,as if he had suddenly deciphered a hidden code, he said out loud : 'two thousand'. I paid the two thousand Naira and waited. The man stamped on the document and wrote on it with red ink. I noticed that he did not write the amount received by the Court on behalf of government, as is the custom. He directed me back to the lady who sent me to him . He said she is the one to take me to the Commissioner for oaths .

I was irritated by the unnecessary back and forth, but I was determined to see the end of it .

After the Commissioner had put his stamp on the affidavit, I went straight back to the guy who took 2k from me and demanded a receipt. He looked lost when he saw me again.

He said they don't give receipts. I said its not possible for the federal government of Nigeria to take #2000 from me and not give any evidence of payment. He then said their receipt has finished. I told him to use his red pen and write 2000 on the affidavit. He Shrunk his shoulders, as if to say 'God forbid'.

I told him, Point blank, that he has trouble on his hands. That he should not think that I will leave without evidence of payment. That if he can not handle it he should bring in his superior. I threatened to go to the court Registrar if he continues to waste my time. It Seems the mention of the Registrar was frightening to him. He said to me 'please sit down' and stepped out, running.

He returned with a woman I presume is his unit head, a woman in her late forties by my estimation. She asked what was the problem. I told her there was no problem. That I am surprised the guy brought her. That all I want is receipt or some evidence of payment.

She said that their receipt has finished. She brought out a big book and said they enter all the payment entries made by everyone and at the end of the day, they issue one receipt!

Hear lie. One receipt to whom? She did not even seem like an intelligent thief to me. Seeing that her explanation meant nothing to me, she collected the affidavit from me and looked. The next thing I heard was :

'who typed it? Who asked you to type it?'
She said they will give me my money back and take 'their affidavit'. That I should go elsewhere and make the oath.

At this point, I lost my patience and temper. It became clear to me that I was dealing with an ignorant crook. Who told her that she had the power to stop me from doing the affidavit? Who told her that private affidavits must be typed by the Court. I mean she made it so clear with her actions that she is fantastically corrupt.

I stepped out of their office and headed to the Registrar's office. They started pleading. The guy who took the money started running helter skelter.

He took me to the office of another oga. The oga was polite. Cool office. He took the affidavit document from me and read. He screamed : 'did they not even read this thing to see that this man is a lawyer'? He stormed out and left me alone in the office.

It became clear to me that the oga was not necessarily angry at what they did. He was angry that they did it to a lawyer. He felt they were daft to do so to a lawyer. They should have done it only to other members of the public. They should have known that a lawyer is "bad market".

The oga returned with the woman and asked her to apologise for saying I should get my #2000 and go elsewhere to do the oath. She did. And I accepted the apology.

The oga thought that was all. He looked happy, as if everything has been settled. As if he had just resolved a conflict between Iraq and Kuwait. I brought him back to reality by saying that I am still waiting for receipt. You can't extort me and apologise and bid me farewell, without a refund.

At that point, he asked the lady to excuse us. As soon as the room had only Me and him, he removed the masquerade. He said :"BUT BARRISTER, YOU AND I KNOW THAT THIS THING IS HUNDRED NAIRA. How do we give receipt for 2 thousand "?

I did not bulge. I told him that it was either he gave me the receipt for 2k or I go to the court registrar.

At that point, he went out quietly without a word. I did not know if he went to get the receipt or my money. I looked through the window and saw him outside calling the staff to gather my money. It was then I knew that the loot had already been shared (it was close of work and I was the last customer). They had to send someone to call one of the staff at the gate to bring his part before entering a taxi home.

The oga soon returned to the office with my #2000 and asked for hundred Naira. I gave him #100. They wrote #100 on the affidavit with red ink and gave a receipt reflecting #100. The same receipt they said they didn't have.

I walked out of the court feeling sorry for the country. I mean this is a court of law! A place you would expect to see the strictest adherence to probity. Yet people openly engage in extortion. Government charges #100 for something, but corrupt government workers make it #4000 (I believe I was charged #2000 cos I had mine typed already).

People no longer do subtle corruption in this country. Corruption is the norm. They make you look stupid if you don't join in. Every sector is involved, not just the political class. The civil service stinks.

And someone wants me to believe that Nigeria is not fantastically corrupt. Please keep sharing until it gets to the right people. Nigeria must be saved.

May God save my ctry Nigeria.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by debetmx(m): 3:20pm On Oct 24, 2018
omoneg:
Wow! Thanks for sharing this.

Please clarify me..i am not a lawyer..can i write my letter and take there too?


You can type your affidavit and take it there.

But knowing the office of the commissioner of oaths is the problem.

In most cases when you ask people for directions to the office of the commissioner of oaths they would most likely lie to you so that they can sign the affidavit for you and extort you.

If in Lagos, go to the Lagos State High Court at Igbosere and enter on the road where TBS and Kings College is. Go straight into the Court, the commissioner of oaths'office is the first room on the left. She will initialise the document for you, then you will take your affidavit to the cash office office which is like two rooms to the office of the commissioner of oaths on the right. You will pay N500 so they can put the High court seal on you affidavit and take your affidavit back to the office of the commissioner of oaths who will sign and stamp your document.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by Powerexpert: 10:12pm On Nov 04, 2018
If you read through what is read, you are meant to pay #100.

There are options though

1. Type yourself and bring it
2. They type for you
i. On your own system
ii. On their system

If you type yourself, just pay #100 and get it signed.

If they type for you on your system, then you have to pay #100 and a thank you except you want to reward their effort in cash.

If they type and print on their system, then you'll pay #100 and whatever they want but should not exceed #500 but demand for the receipt, it will keep them in check.

After paying the #100 they will stamp the affidavit and write the receipt number on it with red pen, you then advance to the commissioner of oath to sign.

debetmx:


You can type your affidavit and take it there.

But knowing the office of the commissioner of oaths is the problem.

In most cases when you ask people for directions to the office of the commissioner of oaths they would most likely lie to you so that they can sign the affidavit for you and extort you.

If in Lagos, go to the Lagos State High Court at Igbosere and enter on the road where TBS and Kings College is. Go straight into the Court, the commissioner of oaths'office is the first room on the left. She will initialise the document for you, then you will take your affidavit to the cash office office which is like two rooms to the office of the commissioner of oaths on the right. You will pay N500 so they can put the High court seal on you affidavit and take your affidavit back to the office of the commissioner of oaths who will sign and stamp your document.

I hope this helps.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by Olaskybab: 6:51am On Nov 06, 2018
iretex1:
Disclaimer: the experience narrated here is reposted to inform the general public. I'm not related to the event, I'm compelled to share to make Nigeria better.

*How much did u do ur affidavit?*


FANTASTICALLY CORRUPT.

I travelled out of my state of residence to do a transaction on behalf of a client. Things went relatively well until I needed to take out an affidavit in court as one of the final stages of the transaction.

So I walked into this court, a federal high court, to do the affidavit. I had in mind that a day earlier , someone had told me in my office how she spent #4 000 to do an affidavit in court. I was furious . I know that only #100 of that #4 000 will go to government purse , the rest will go to some thieves who pose as government workers.

So I stepped into this court wishing that the thieves would try to play pranks on me. I file affidavit regularly in court but I have never experienced such extortion. May be it is because the court workers in my town of residence know me to be a lawyer. May be now that I am out of jurisdiction and dressed casually, the ones here will try to play a fast one on me. Just May be.

So In the court, I was directed to a certain lady. It Seems she is always the first contact person in this web of extortion. I entered the room. She asked me to sit. She was attending to someone, a captive I should say . The man was begging that he did not come with 4k, but the lady would have none of that. She asked the guy to go and come back complete. I was eavesdropping. The guy had just lost his certificate and wanted to make an affidavit to that effect. This is what is supposed to cost him N100. The guy even begged to pay N1000. But she refused. She insisted on the "full price".. In the end, the guy left to use Atm and come back. I was next in line!

I hold the belief that even if one should extort me, it should not be in court. The very thought of being extorted by a non- Lawyer in court is annoying to me. It is like a civilian slapping a Soldier in the barracks! If you must slap a soldier, must you do it in the barracks ?

So I took my turn in front of her. 'What do you want to do, sir? She asked.' Affidavit, of course, I replied. She asked what type of affidavit , bringing out a plain sheet of paper and pen, with an air of fake seriousness. She said she needed to know the type of affidavit because they will help me to type it.

At that point, I brought out a copy of the affidavit as typed by my secretary a day before I traveled. I told her that all I needed was to make the oath before a Commissioner for that purpose. Seems she was taken aback. Seems see didn't expect me to come with my affidavit already written and typed out. She excused me and left with the document. I guess she went to consult with her superiors.

She did not stay too long.

'sir, are you a Barrister'?
'Yes, does it matter'?
'I mean a real Barrister '?
Silence.
' sir are you based here in town '?
Silence.
' Sir'?

I think she wondered if I was really a lawyer as they have not seen me in their court before . May be her superior had suggested that I just claimed to be a lawyer in the affidavit just to evade their extortion.

I told her to go straight to the point. That I still needed to travel back. I told her to show me where to pay and get the oath Commissioner's stamp. At that point, she cut a piece of paper and wrote on it. She signed a complicated signature. She made the stealing to seem official. Unlike how she handled the guy before me, she didn't say a word about the amount I was to pay. She could not speak to me about it . She wrote it down and signed and then showed me where to take it to.

So I took it to whom I was directed. The man took the piece of paper from me and studied it as if it was a graph or some complicated map . Then,as if he had suddenly deciphered a hidden code, he said out loud : 'two thousand'. I paid the two thousand Naira and waited. The man stamped on the document and wrote on it with red ink. I noticed that he did not write the amount received by the Court on behalf of government, as is the custom. He directed me back to the lady who sent me to him . He said she is the one to take me to the Commissioner for oaths .

I was irritated by the unnecessary back and forth, but I was determined to see the end of it .

After the Commissioner had put his stamp on the affidavit, I went straight back to the guy who took 2k from me and demanded a receipt. He looked lost when he saw me again.

He said they don't give receipts. I said its not possible for the federal government of Nigeria to take #2000 from me and not give any evidence of payment. He then said their receipt has finished. I told him to use his red pen and write 2000 on the affidavit. He Shrunk his shoulders, as if to say 'God forbid'.

I told him, Point blank, that he has trouble on his hands. That he should not think that I will leave without evidence of payment. That if he can not handle it he should bring in his superior. I threatened to go to the court Registrar if he continues to waste my time. It Seems the mention of the Registrar was frightening to him. He said to me 'please sit down' and stepped out, running.

He returned with a woman I presume is his unit head, a woman in her late forties by my estimation. She asked what was the problem. I told her there was no problem. That I am surprised the guy brought her. That all I want is receipt or some evidence of payment.

She said that their receipt has finished. She brought out a big book and said they enter all the payment entries made by everyone and at the end of the day, they issue one receipt!

Hear lie. One receipt to whom? She did not even seem like an intelligent thief to me. Seeing that her explanation meant nothing to me, she collected the affidavit from me and looked. The next thing I heard was :

'who typed it? Who asked you to type it?'
She said they will give me my money back and take 'their affidavit'. That I should go elsewhere and make the oath.

At this point, I lost my patience and temper. It became clear to me that I was dealing with an ignorant crook. Who told her that she had the power to stop me from doing the affidavit? Who told her that private affidavits must be typed by the Court. I mean she made it so clear with her actions that she is fantastically corrupt.

I stepped out of their office and headed to the Registrar's office. They started pleading. The guy who took the money started running helter skelter.

He took me to the office of another oga. The oga was polite. Cool office. He took the affidavit document from me and read. He screamed : 'did they not even read this thing to see that this man is a lawyer'? He stormed out and left me alone in the office.

It became clear to me that the oga was not necessarily angry at what they did. He was angry that they did it to a lawyer. He felt they were daft to do so to a lawyer. They should have done it only to other members of the public. They should have known that a lawyer is "bad market".

The oga returned with the woman and asked her to apologise for saying I should get my #2000 and go elsewhere to do the oath. She did. And I accepted the apology.

The oga thought that was all. He looked happy, as if everything has been settled. As if he had just resolved a conflict between Iraq and Kuwait. I brought him back to reality by saying that I am still waiting for receipt. You can't extort me and apologise and bid me farewell, without a refund.

At that point, he asked the lady to excuse us. As soon as the room had only Me and him, he removed the masquerade. He said :"BUT BARRISTER, YOU AND I KNOW THAT THIS THING IS HUNDRED NAIRA. How do we give receipt for 2 thousand "?

I did not bulge. I told him that it was either he gave me the receipt for 2k or I go to the court registrar.

At that point, he went out quietly without a word. I did not know if he went to get the receipt or my money. I looked through the window and saw him outside calling the staff to gather my money. It was then I knew that the loot had already been shared (it was close of work and I was the last customer). They had to send someone to call one of the staff at the gate to bring his part before entering a taxi home.

The oga soon returned to the office with my #2000 and asked for hundred Naira. I gave him #100. They wrote #100 on the affidavit with red ink and gave a receipt reflecting #100. The same receipt they said they didn't have.

I walked out of the court feeling sorry for the country. I mean this is a court of law! A place you would expect to see the strictest adherence to probity. Yet people openly engage in extortion. Government charges #100 for something, but corrupt government workers make it #4000 (I believe I was charged #2000 cos I had mine typed already).

People no longer do subtle corruption in this country. Corruption is the norm. They make you look stupid if you don't join in. Every sector is involved, not just the political class. The civil service stinks.

And someone wants me to believe that Nigeria is not fantastically corrupt. Please keep sharing until it gets to the right people. Nigeria must be saved.

May God save my ctry Nigeria.
Thanks for sharing this sir! Little wonder why it's often advised that every family should have at least one lawyer. It takes the knowledge of law to defend and protect one's right in this country. God be on my side, I must study law as my second degree.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by debetmx(m): 2:59pm On Nov 06, 2018
Powerexpert:
If you read through what is read, you are meant to pay #100.

There are options though

1. Type yourself and bring it
2. They type for you
i. On your own system
ii. On their system

If you type yourself, just pay #100 and get it signed.

If they type for you on your system, then you have to pay #100 and a thank you except you want to reward their effort in cash.

If they type and print on their system, then you'll pay #100 and whatever they want but should not exceed #500 but demand for the receipt, it will keep them in check.

After paying the #100 they will stamp the affidavit and write the receipt number on it with red pen, you then advance to the commissioner of oath to sign.


When last did you get an affidavit?

The official price at the Lagos State High Court is #500 and I typed my affidavit from home.

u have to take your affidavit first to the commissioner of oaths then to cash office and back to the commissioner of oaths
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by Powerexpert: 3:58pm On Nov 06, 2018
Refer to the attached for answer.

Just tell them to bring receipt for you.

The commissioner of oath might be compromised.

The procedure is
1. Make payment.
2. After payment, your document is stamped with the receipt number written on it in red.
3. Commissioner of oath signs

Next time they talk anyhow, show them the receipt attached and request for yours
debetmx:


When last did you get an affidavit?

The official price at the Lagos State High Court is #500 and I typed my affidavit from home.

u have to take your affidavit first to the commissioner of oaths then to cash office and back to the commissioner of oaths

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Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by debetmx(m): 4:21pm On Nov 06, 2018
Powerexpert:
Refer to the attached for answer.

Just tell them to bring receipt for you.

The commissioner of oath might be compromised.

The procedure is
1. Make payment.
2. After payment, your document is stamped with the receipt number written on it in red.
3. Commissioner of oath signs

Next time they talk anyhow, show them the receipt attached and request for yours

The document you attached is a receipt of Oyo State. I stated to get an affidavit from the LAGOS HIGH COURT is #500. It was #200 to obtain an affidavit last year.

If you ask for a receipt you will be issued one. Why i dont ask for one is because i know the official cost is #500.

The process @ the Lagos State High Court

a. The commissioner of oaths initializes the affidavit.

b. You take the affidavit to the cash office and it is signed, stamped and sealed. At the Lagos State High Court the affidavit is sealed with a Lagos State seal.

c. You take your affidavit back to the commissioner of oaths who stamps and signs your affidavit.

Thank you.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by bizboy101(m): 1:27pm On Nov 12, 2018
debetmx:


You can type your affidavit and take it there.

But knowing the office of the commissioner of oaths is the problem.

In most cases when you ask people for directions to the office of the commissioner of oaths they would most likely lie to you so that they can sign the affidavit for you and extort you.
This was very helpful. I went to Igbisere high court today to get the commissioner of oaths stamp for two guarantor form for international passport, I paid for two but was giving a receipt of 500naira. I wanted to request for the second, I just felt this is Nigeria and I don't want to attract too much attention to myself.
If in Lagos, go to the Lagos State High Court at Igbosere and enter on the road where TBS and Kings College is. Go straight into the Court, the commissioner of oaths'office is the first room on the left. She will initialise the document for you, then you will take your affidavit to the cash office office which is like two rooms to the office of the commissioner of oaths on the right. You will pay N500 so they can put the High court seal on you affidavit and take your affidavit back to the office of the commissioner of oaths who will sign and stamp your document.

I hope this helps.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by omoneg: 3:56pm On Nov 16, 2018
Hello Debetmx,

Thank you so much.

I did exactly as you said and it went that way.

I feel very excited. Thank you for sharing.

We really encourage more of this. This is a very helpful platform!

Now i'm on to the next, i'm going to try out paying for international passport online. I'm told the system works.

Have a great weekend.

debetmx:


You can type your affidavit and take it there.

But knowing the office of the commissioner of oaths is the problem.

In most cases when you ask people for directions to the office of the commissioner of oaths they would most likely lie to you so that they can sign the affidavit for you and extort you.

If in Lagos, go to the Lagos State High Court at Igbosere and enter on the road where TBS and Kings College is. Go straight into the Court, the commissioner of oaths'office is the first room on the left. She will initialise the document for you, then you will take your affidavit to the cash office office which is like two rooms to the office of the commissioner of oaths on the right. You will pay N500 so they can put the High court seal on you affidavit and take your affidavit back to the office of the commissioner of oaths who will sign and stamp your document.

I hope this helps.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by debetmx(m): 4:40pm On Nov 16, 2018
omoneg:
Hello Debetmx,

Thank you so much.

I did exactly as you said and it went that way.

I feel very excited. Thank you for sharing.

We really encourage more of this. This is a very helpful platform!

Now i'm on to the next, i'm going to try out paying for international passport online. I'm told the system works.

Have a great weekend.


welcome bro.

you have a splendid weekend.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by Preciosa: 6:09pm On Dec 17, 2018
EVENING EVERYONE

I'M PLANNING TO GO DO MINE ON WEDNESDAY AND A FRIEND OF MINE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE COURT GOING ON HOLIDAY.
PLS IS THERE ANY TRUTH IN THAT?

AND I'D LOVE IF SOMEONE CAN GIVE ME DIRECTIONS. HOW TO GET TO THE LAGOS STATE HIGH COURT FROM MILE 2
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by omoneg: 12:51am On Apr 25, 2019
Late post
I actually did applied for renewal of my international passport online. I did the change of name due to marital status and it worked!

I applied towards the end of December last year and picked up Jan 15 this year.

I was told to pay N45,000 to get it done at the office since it required change of name, that fired me up to use the online route where i paid N22,000 for 64pages.

I eventually was given 32pages because 64pages was not available. You can call the numbers on the website to comfirm availabilty of the 32 or 64 pages before you begin your application.

I literarily saved N23,000 grin

Here is the link to apply for anyone interested. I was greatly immpressed by the NIS for this.

https://portal.immigration.gov.ng

omoneg:
Hello Debetmx,

Thank you so much.

I did exactly as you said and it went that way.

I feel very excited. Thank you for sharing.

We really encourage more of this. This is a very helpful platform!

Now i'm on to the next, i'm going to try out paying for international passport online. I'm told the system works.

Have a great weekend.

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Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by gboladiran(m): 3:46pm On May 15, 2019
Hello,

Thank you for sharing this eye opener

Does anyone have the format for Loss of SIM Affidavit?

Thank you
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by gboladiran(m): 3:48pm On May 15, 2019
Hello please,

Do you have the format for Loss of SIM Affidavit?

Thank you


debetmx:


When last did you get an affidavit?

The official price at the Lagos State High Court is #500 and I typed my affidavit from home.

u have to take your affidavit first to the commissioner of oaths then to cash office and back to the commissioner of oaths
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by debetmx(m): 4:10pm On May 15, 2019
IN THE HIGH COURT OF LAGOS STATE
IN THE LAGOS JUDICIAL DIVISION
HOLDEN AT LAGOS

AFFIDAVIT OF FACTS

I, Buhari Mad man, male, Muslim, Nigerian citizen of No. 2B Aso Rock Avenue, Abuja do solemnly and sincerely declare an oath as follows:


1. That I am the above person.


2. That my MTN no. 0000000000 was stolen in traffic.

3. That my SIM pack is also missing


4. That I make this solemn declaration in good faith and believing same to be true and correct by virtue of provisions of the Oaths Act.

………………………..
DECLARANT
Sworn to at the High Court of Lagos.


Registry, This……………Day of …………….., 2019

BEFORE ME

COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS


gboladiran:
Hello please,

Do you have the format for Loss of SIM Affidavit?

Thank you


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Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by gboladiran(m): 4:29pm On May 15, 2019
Thank you very much Sir

You just made my life easier smiley

debetmx:
IN THE HIGH COURT OF LAGOS STATE
IN THE LAGOS JUDICIAL DIVISION
HOLDEN AT LAGOS

AFFIDAVIT OF FACTS

I, Buhari Mad man, male, Muslim, Nigerian citizen of No. 2B Aso Rock Avenue, Abuja do solemnly and sincerely declare an oath as follows:


1. That I am the above person.


2. That my MTN no. 0000000000 was stolen in traffic.

3. That my SIM pack is also missing


4. That I make this solemn declaration in good faith and believing same to be true and correct by virtue of provisions of the Oaths Act.

………………………..
DECLARANT
Sworn to at the High Court of Lagos.


Registry, This……………Day of …………….., 2019

BEFORE ME

COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS


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Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by jido52(m): 10:54am On Jul 11, 2019
thanks, This is informative
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by johnolusetire97(m): 7:07pm On Sep 25, 2019
Did a SIM card loss affidavit. It costs 500 , though they only give you a treasury receipt for 250 and they tell you the 2nd receipt is not available. Print it before you go and staple a passport photograph. The touts didn't disturb me after I said I had it printed already. They even directed me to the right office.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by Dozie32(m): 7:21am On Dec 11, 2019
iretex1:
Disclaimer: the experience narrated here is reposted to inform the general public. I'm not related to the event, I'm compelled to share to make Nigeria better.

*How much did u do ur affidavit?*


FANTASTICALLY CORRUPT.

I travelled out of my state of residence to do a transaction on behalf of a client. Things went relatively well until I needed to take out an affidavit in court as one of the final stages of the transaction.

So I walked into this court, a federal high court, to do the affidavit. I had in mind that a day earlier , someone had told me in my office how she spent #4 000 to do an affidavit in court. I was furious . I know that only #100 of that #4 000 will go to government purse , the rest will go to some thieves who pose as government workers.

So I stepped into this court wishing that the thieves would try to play pranks on me. I file affidavit regularly in court but I have never experienced such extortion. May be it is because the court workers in my town of residence know me to be a lawyer. May be now that I am out of jurisdiction and dressed casually, the ones here will try to play a fast one on me. Just May be.

So In the court, I was directed to a certain lady. It Seems she is always the first contact person in this web of extortion. I entered the room. She asked me to sit. She was attending to someone, a captive I should say . The man was begging that he did not come with 4k, but the lady would have none of that. She asked the guy to go and come back complete. I was eavesdropping. The guy had just lost his certificate and wanted to make an affidavit to that effect. This is what is supposed to cost him N100. The guy even begged to pay N1000. But she refused. She insisted on the "full price".. In the end, the guy left to use Atm and come back. I was next in line!

I hold the belief that even if one should extort me, it should not be in court. The very thought of being extorted by a non- Lawyer in court is annoying to me. It is like a civilian slapping a Soldier in the barracks! If you must slap a soldier, must you do it in the barracks ?

So I took my turn in front of her. 'What do you want to do, sir? She asked.' Affidavit, of course, I replied. She asked what type of affidavit , bringing out a plain sheet of paper and pen, with an air of fake seriousness. She said she needed to know the type of affidavit because they will help me to type it.

At that point, I brought out a copy of the affidavit as typed by my secretary a day before I traveled. I told her that all I needed was to make the oath before a Commissioner for that purpose. Seems she was taken aback. Seems see didn't expect me to come with my affidavit already written and typed out. She excused me and left with the document. I guess she went to consult with her superiors.

She did not stay too long.

'sir, are you a Barrister'?
'Yes, does it matter'?
'I mean a real Barrister '?
Silence.
' sir are you based here in town '?
Silence.
' Sir'?

I think she wondered if I was really a lawyer as they have not seen me in their court before . May be her superior had suggested that I just claimed to be a lawyer in the affidavit just to evade their extortion.

I told her to go straight to the point. That I still needed to travel back. I told her to show me where to pay and get the oath Commissioner's stamp. At that point, she cut a piece of paper and wrote on it. She signed a complicated signature. She made the stealing to seem official. Unlike how she handled the guy before me, she didn't say a word about the amount I was to pay. She could not speak to me about it . She wrote it down and signed and then showed me where to take it to.

So I took it to whom I was directed. The man took the piece of paper from me and studied it as if it was a graph or some complicated map . Then,as if he had suddenly deciphered a hidden code, he said out loud : 'two thousand'. I paid the two thousand Naira and waited. The man stamped on the document and wrote on it with red ink. I noticed that he did not write the amount received by the Court on behalf of government, as is the custom. He directed me back to the lady who sent me to him . He said she is the one to take me to the Commissioner for oaths .

I was irritated by the unnecessary back and forth, but I was determined to see the end of it .

After the Commissioner had put his stamp on the affidavit, I went straight back to the guy who took 2k from me and demanded a receipt. He looked lost when he saw me again.

He said they don't give receipts. I said its not possible for the federal government of Nigeria to take #2000 from me and not give any evidence of payment. He then said their receipt has finished. I told him to use his red pen and write 2000 on the affidavit. He Shrunk his shoulders, as if to say 'God forbid'.

I told him, Point blank, that he has trouble on his hands. That he should not think that I will leave without evidence of payment. That if he can not handle it he should bring in his superior. I threatened to go to the court Registrar if he continues to waste my time. It Seems the mention of the Registrar was frightening to him. He said to me 'please sit down' and stepped out, running.

He returned with a woman I presume is his unit head, a woman in her late forties by my estimation. She asked what was the problem. I told her there was no problem. That I am surprised the guy brought her. That all I want is receipt or some evidence of payment.

She said that their receipt has finished. She brought out a big book and said they enter all the payment entries made by everyone and at the end of the day, they issue one receipt!

Hear lie. One receipt to whom? She did not even seem like an intelligent thief to me. Seeing that her explanation meant nothing to me, she collected the affidavit from me and looked. The next thing I heard was :

'who typed it? Who asked you to type it?'
She said they will give me my money back and take 'their affidavit'. That I should go elsewhere and make the oath.

At this point, I lost my patience and temper. It became clear to me that I was dealing with an ignorant crook. Who told her that she had the power to stop me from doing the affidavit? Who told her that private affidavits must be typed by the Court. I mean she made it so clear with her actions that she is fantastically corrupt.

I stepped out of their office and headed to the Registrar's office. They started pleading. The guy who took the money started running helter skelter.

He took me to the office of another oga. The oga was polite. Cool office. He took the affidavit document from me and read. He screamed : 'did they not even read this thing to see that this man is a lawyer'? He stormed out and left me alone in the office.

It became clear to me that the oga was not necessarily angry at what they did. He was angry that they did it to a lawyer. He felt they were daft to do so to a lawyer. They should have done it only to other members of the public. They should have known that a lawyer is "bad market".

The oga returned with the woman and asked her to apologise for saying I should get my #2000 and go elsewhere to do the oath. She did. And I accepted the apology.

The oga thought that was all. He looked happy, as if everything has been settled. As if he had just resolved a conflict between Iraq and Kuwait. I brought him back to reality by saying that I am still waiting for receipt. You can't extort me and apologise and bid me farewell, without a refund.

At that point, he asked the lady to excuse us. As soon as the room had only Me and him, he removed the masquerade. He said :"BUT BARRISTER, YOU AND I KNOW THAT THIS THING IS HUNDRED NAIRA. How do we give receipt for 2 thousand "?

I did not bulge. I told him that it was either he gave me the receipt for 2k or I go to the court registrar.

At that point, he went out quietly without a word. I did not know if he went to get the receipt or my money. I looked through the window and saw him outside calling the staff to gather my money. It was then I knew that the loot had already been shared (it was close of work and I was the last customer). They had to send someone to call one of the staff at the gate to bring his part before entering a taxi home.

The oga soon returned to the office with my #2000 and asked for hundred Naira. I gave him #100. They wrote #100 on the affidavit with red ink and gave a receipt reflecting #100. The same receipt they said they didn't have.

I walked out of the court feeling sorry for the country. I mean this is a court of law! A place you would expect to see the strictest adherence to probity. Yet people openly engage in extortion. Government charges #100 for something, but corrupt government workers make it #4000 (I believe I was charged #2000 cos I had mine typed already).

People no longer do subtle corruption in this country. Corruption is the norm. They make you look stupid if you don't join in. Every sector is involved, not just the political class. The civil service stinks.

And someone wants me to believe that Nigeria is not fantastically corrupt. Please keep sharing until it gets to the right people. Nigeria must be saved.

May God save my ctry Nigeria.


Seriously Oga, I can't stop laughing my lazy ass out in the public ooo!! grin grin grin
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by elokawealth(m): 5:24am On Dec 30, 2019
debetmx:
IN THE HIGH COURT OF LAGOS STATE
IN THE LAGOS JUDICIAL DIVISION
HOLDEN AT LAGOS

AFFIDAVIT OF FACTS

I, Buhari Mad man, male, Muslim, Nigerian citizen of No. 2B Aso Rock Avenue, Abuja do solemnly and sincerely declare an oath as follows:


1. That I am the above person.


2. That my MTN no. 0000000000 was stolen in traffic.

3. That my SIM pack is also missing


4. That I make this solemn declaration in good faith and believing same to be true and correct by virtue of provisions of the Oaths Act.

………………………..
DECLARANT
Sworn to at the High Court of Lagos.


Registry, This……………Day of …………….., 2019

BEFORE ME

COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS



Please do you have a format for Change of Name?
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by debetmx(m): 5:10pm On Jan 03, 2020
elokawealth:


Please do you have a format for Change of Name?

Just follow the format you quoted and amend or you wan make I charge u.
Re: Getting An Affidavit, What's Your Experience? Get Informed... by lifestyle1(m): 4:39pm On Jan 08, 2020
Hilarious but honestly the situation in this country is so sad...

Anyway thanks for the eye opener..

The court will receive a visitor tomorrow..

Imagine I was begging someone to collect 2k but she insisted on #2500. angry

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