Can I Use Court Affidavit for Admissions and Jobs? -

Can I Use Court Affidavit for Admissions and Jobs?

We have got cases of admission seekers with errors in their names, date of birth, local government, address, etc.

A few job seekers, never realize the seriousness of certain errors until they're out in the labor markets. When data get conflicting, a prospective employer, a screening, or a clearance officer may be smelling a rat.

Errors might have crawled in while you're in primary or secondary school. Spelling mistakes were common back then. Typographical errors while filling WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB forms were equally usual.

As a result, affected candidates tried their best to correct these errors as prescribed by certain official recommendations. However, due to some terms and conditions, financial requirements, and bottlenecks, candidates are forced to halt chasing the corrections officially.

In response to that, they're considering the alternatives out there. One option opened to you is using court affidavits to back your documents up in cases of mistakes, loss, damages, etc.

In this post, I'll be guiding you, first, on what to do officially, in case you'd not tried to correct things following the statutory processes. Then, I will take you by the hands and show you where the uses of the court affidavits will be perfect and recognized to back things up and where it's less acceptable.

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How to Officially Correct Errors on Documents and Credentials

Let's pick a few I can cover here and give a brief explanation of the means to get each error corrected.

1. Errors in SSCE Results and Certificates

The usual errors on WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB results or certificates may include names, and dates of birth. 

To handle this, you simply have to go to the nearest WAEC office. If you're a school candidate, use the help of the principal or exam officer.


You will need:

  1. Original certificate
  2. Affidavit for correction of Name (from a court)
  3. Letter from the school principal
  4. Original Birth certificate for sighting and photocopy for submission
  5. Attestation Letter for correction of name from the courts or clergy. 
  6. Ten thousand naira only (N10,000)

If after making attempts, and for any reason whatsoever, the correction is not possible, you should go for a court affidavit as a backup.

You can even use the affidavit, temporarily, for any similar purposes, while the processes of correcting the names are ongoing.

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2. Errors on Primary School Certificates or Testimonials

Errors on your primary school certificates and credentials can be as disturbing. To amend things, return to the school and lodge the complaint. 

Errors that can be reported include names, date of birth, year of admission, etc.

You're likely going to get a replacement if the error is officially from them. However, if you're trying to manipulate things, as you grow up, they may deny you.

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While public schools' certificates may not be issued more than once (except with official backing), they can issue testimonials at will.

However, a private school may issue the second, third or more, as long as there are reasonably convincing reasons to do so.

If after the necessary effort to correct errors on your primary school certificate and/or testimonial or getting a replacement, things wouldn't work, kindly subscribe to a court affidavit as a backup.

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3. Errors on the Birth Certificate

Where there is a mistake in your date of birth (age). If such a date of birth is clearly written on that birth certificate, you can:

  1. return to the issuing body e.g. hospital, religious society, national population commission, etc., and ask for the amendment
  2. forget that document and get a new certificate of birth that will bear the correct date of birth. They can issue twice or more times.

In case, no opportunity to get another or correction is not allowed from the issuing body, you should collect the court affidavit of birth also called the declaration of age.

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Affidavits For General Errors on Filled Forms

While filling out forms, especially online, candidates or café attendants usually make a series of mistakes.

In some cases, candidates can log in back to their forms, amend things and resubmit.

However, in certain forms, once submitted, you can't edit anything.

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To solve this issue, where possible and accessible, the best step to take is to visit the school ICT or the ICT of the body you register with. They can access your information from their end, which a café, may not be able to access after the submission. Narrate your story and they will handle that for a charge or no fee.

You can, as well, look for the portal helpdesk email or contact to narrate the issue. They can help you correct things without leaving home.

However, if there is no time, resources, or amendment opportunity at the other end, you may need to back such an error up with a court affidavit.

The affidavit will be titled accordingly depending on the mistake. Hence, whenever you submit the main form or appear for screening or documentation, the affidavit will be attached to the affected credentials as the backup.

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There is no need to think of a court affidavit as the first thing when you have some errors on your credentials or while filling out (online) forms. You should take a few official steps to correct things first.

And if things don't fall your way, you can then consider using a court affidavit as the recognized official backing.

Also, a court affidavit shouldn't be taken as a replacement for the actual document referred and it's not, in all situations, what an organization must recognize, because they're not compelled, under any terms, to accept it.

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  1. What if someone made a mistake of state of origin during their NECO registration..can such be corrected and how?

  2. My jamb profíle name is igbani kenodi Samuel while my neco is kenodi igbani Samuel .....can I be admitted

    1. Read the post below.

  3. The middle name in my WAEC and neco is different from my NIN middle name. I was told to get affidavit to correct because I have already registered for jamb.

    1. You can still change it on your results. See how to through the link below.

    2. Good afternoon sir, I have an issue on my waec certificate the name on my waec certificate is
      Olawale oluwajomiloju Elijah and other credentials bears
      Olawale jomiloju ayomiposi.though I have been to the waec office at yaba but they said it can't be corrected.please sir what advice can you give me because if I want to use it in the future

    3. Get a court affidavit to be backing up the error

    4. Can someone attach court affidavit to waec when applying for schools approve?

  4. How long does it take neco to correct mistake in name after payment

    1. It's hard to be specific. There can be queue and similar logistics. Make sure you ask them before leaving their office.

  5. Please sir, my o, level certificate name is having one letter different from my nin which I used in jamb registration. And the date of birth in both is different
    Please sir,I want to know if two affidavit will be accept during my school screening. Thanks

    1. First, try to change things at JAMB office. If it won't work, resolve to affidavit.

  6. Michael Precious22 August 2022 at 21:40

    My weac name and JAMB name is different can I make use of affidavit to gain admission to the school?

    1. If you have gone to JAMB office to make the correction but failed, you can give in to court affidavit.

    2. Can I get your WhatsApp number sir

  7. The name in my nin is different from the name in my waec and the name in my waec is not aligned with the name in my birth certificate

    1. It depends on the one you really want to change. You can change date of birth on NIN to match the one on WAEC at NIMC office around you. You can collect a another birth certificate to match the one on your WAEC. You can't change date of birth on your WAEC

  8. My weac dob is 4 years older than my years can I use affidavit to back up it

  9. The LGA in my weac is different from the one in my jamb what should I do?

  10. Pls sir, my name in waec is different from my Nin which I use to register jamb.pls sir what will I do?

  11. The third name in my international passport is different from the third name in my bsc and transcripts

  12. Plz sir I have a problem my age from weac is different from that of jamb and neco and right now I'm seeking admission.but I present affidavit can I get admission

  13. Good day sir. Please I'll love you to help me with this particular question am very confused now. My waec has peace as middle name but my other credentials bears Anne as middle name i have gone to WAEC office for help but they said no help. I just want to know if i swear affidavit of confirmation of name can it be valid and not tamper with my admission. Secondly my i just did my birth certificate and date is 19/10/2022 i was thinking since my waec date is 2017 should I change it to maybe 2014?

    1. Please did u later find solution to it

  14. Good day sir, please the name on my was result is Amos Ufedo-Ojo Mary but the one on my NIN is Amos Ufedo Ojo Mary and that's the one used for my Jamb please will that affect me

  15. Pls sir how many days does it take for change of name nd dob
    to reflect on jamb portal in jamb office

  16. Good evening sir
    The age on my waec result doesn’t correspond with my birth certificate and i just noticed it after collecting my passport and marriage certificate

  17. Can i use affidavit as backup in embassy

  18. Please sir I have changed my NIN names and also did jamb correction of name but it didn't reflect they said I can't change names now jamb has given me admission with the other first NIN names before changing it can I make use of court affidavit to back it up during screening

    1. Am having the same issue too have you found solution for it?


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