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Gone are the days when you have to visit the Court in person in order to obtain an affidavit. The Oyo State High Court of Justice has launched an e-affidavit system in Nigeria which means that you can create an affidavit online without visiting the Court. The platform, known as OyoCoMis, was launched in May 2022 and has been very efficient.
While outside the country, I was able to use the e-affidavit system to create affidavits while working on some clients' instructions and the process was really smooth.
The good news is that in many cases, you would be able to use an affidavit obtained in any High Court in Nigeria for many purposes that require affidavits. This means that you do not have to travel to a specific state to obtain an affidavit. In other words, an affidavit obtained in Lagos State for instance could be legally used in Abuja FCT.
A peculiar circumstance where you might need to depose to an affidavit and file it in a specific state is where the affidavit is part of a court process for litigation. In such a case, it is quite logical to depose to an affidavit and file it together with the court processes in that state.
What is an affidavit?
An affidavit is simply a written statement declared on oath. The person making the statement swears on oath before someone who is authorized to administer oaths (such as a commissioner for oaths in the Court or notary public). The sworn document (affidavit) is usually required by law for several purposes.
You can use the Oyo State e-affidavit system to obtain an affidavit online for various purposes.
If you cannot find a specific template for your affidavit requirement on OyoCoMis e-affidavit platform, you can also use the General Form option which you can customize to fit your specific need.
You should prepare the following for the e-affidavit:
1. The statements or facts that need to be on the affidavit.
2. Create your signature specimen - You can sign on a piece of white paper and scan it. You will be required to upload this on the platform during the e-affidavit process. If you have a touchscreen device that allows you to sign electronically, you can also use that instead.
3. A scanned passport photograph.
4. Your payment card.
When you are ready go to https://comis.oyostatejudiciary.oy.gov.ng/account.html and create an account.
Note that your averments should be written in English. If you are not confident about your English skills, you can use the English communication tool on NaijaSay.com to create grammatically correct averments for your affidavit.
Apart from e-affidavit, OyoCoMis has many other electronic filing systems that are very useful, particularly for legal practitioners. This includes filing of suits online, registering a lis pendens, etc. Note that to create a professional account as a lawyer on OyoCoMis, you need to use your Nigerian Bar email address (ends with @nigerianbar.ng).
If you follow the above steps, you should be able to obtain an affidavit online. However if you need professional legal service in customizing or obtaining an affidavit, you can get in touch.
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