An affidavit is a written statement of facts that the maker swears to be true to the best of his or her knowledge, belief or information.
The statement is sworn to before either a commissioner of oath or a Notary public. There exist different types of affidavit’s including affidavits used in court proceedings and affidavits used out of court proceedings.
Note that if a false testimony is given in an affidavit, the deponent will be prosecuted for perjury or giving false statements under oath.
 How to draft an affidavit in Cameroon

1.The heading.
An affidavit must carry the caption of where or whom the affidavit is being deposed to.
Sample;

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE MEZAM DIVISION
HOLDEN AT BAMENDA

 

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF CAMEROON
COMMON LAW DIVISION
HOLDEN AT MFOUNDI

 

                                                         

2. Determine the title of the affidavit.

The title itself must state what type of affidavit it is e.g Affidavit of sponsorship, Affidavit of change of name, Affidavit of Gift, Affidavit of Age, Affidavit of support, etc
Sample;
                                              IN THE MATTER OF AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT

                                                                                   OR
                                                              AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT 

2.The introductory paragraph of the affidavit.

It introduces the person and personal information of the deponent.

Sample;
I……………….(NAME OF DEPONENT)female, Christian, adult,(PROFESSION),(NATIONALITY)do make an oath and state as follows;

3. Write an opening sentence.

Sample;

That I am the deponent to this affidavit.

Note that from this point it is important to start numbering the paragraphs.

4. Outline the facts to be stated in the affidavit in numbered paragraphs.

Outline only facts that are relevant and important and disregard those that are not.

5. Attest to the truthfulness of the affidavit.

Confirm that the affidavit is true and the law that gives the affidavit legal backing.
Sample;
That I make this affidavit in good faith believing the same to be true in accordance to…

6.Date and sign out

Insert the date of the affidavit and create the signature block that is the space where the deponent, and the commissioner of oath or notary public signs.

Sample;

Dated this…..day of……2019
Sworn to at the high court registry
BEFORE ME
………………………..

                          COMMISSIONER OF OATH                 

 

I hope I was helpful….. so when next you are asked to produce an affidavit in Cameroon, no need to panic. You just draft using this sample.This sample is more useful to law students, aspirant to the bar and new wigs.Persons or students in need of an affidavit should know that each situation is unique and you can not solely rely on the information contained therein please contact a lawyer or  simply contact us to assist you with the attestation and drafting of your affidavit.

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