The Chief Judge of Benue state, Hon. Justice Aondoaver Kaka’an has sworn in Chief Dr Caroline Mbafan Ashar-Ekpendu as a Notary public.
Performing the ceremony today in his chambers at the State High Court of Justice Headquarters Makurdi, CJ Kaka’an charged the first female Notary public not to sign fraudulent documents. He also cautioned her and other Notary Public Lawyers in the state not to diminish or add anything without consent of the parties in order not to alter substance of facts, stressing that only Lawyers with integrity and good records in the legal profession are appointed as Notary public to sign documents such as foreign documents, contracts involving different companies, foreign documents for studies abroad among other important public documents.
Responding, the 4th Notary public Lawyer in the state, Chief Dr Mbafan Ekpendu pledged to adhere strictly to the oath she took in oder to justify the confidence reposed in her.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after her inauguration, the newest Notary public in Benue state briefed them on the requirements, qualifications and duties of Notary public that: a Lawyer must be of exemplary conduct, pay Bar practising yearly fee, pay branch dues where they belong and questions are asked in their jurisdiction to know if they are qualified to be Notary public.
“When it came to my turn too, such questions were asked and I was informed that there were such inquries about my person. So, when everything was done, the CJN transmitted a letter to the Chief Judge to stand in his place so that they can administer oath on me just as they have done this morning.
” My function is to notarize documents for the public, those documents that I know are not fraudulent such as travel documents. For instance, there are certain Agencies or foreign Embassies and all that, that require that documents must be notarized by a Notary public, students studying abroad and even those things that the Commissioner of Oath does, in the absence of the Commissioner of Oath, a Notary public like me can also do that.
“I am so fulfilled and excited. I am believing that this is a stepping stone because shortly, I will be applying for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) which is one of those things accompanying such persons who are so confident, qualified and like the Law like me”, Chief Ekpendu optimized.
In a remark, Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Benue state chapter, Barr Austin Gbagir tasked Lawyers in the state on good conduct that will qualify them to be appointed as Notary public.
He said Dr Mbafan Ekpendu had passed through all the processes to become a Notary public and he looked forward to when she will be celebrated as SAN and those behind the new Notary public should emulate her in order to attain the same feat.
The state NBA Chairman who said the Sky will be Ekpendu’s limit in her Legal Career urged her to carry the younger ones along.
Barr AA Akaa who extolled the virtues and generosity of Ekpendu having known her for 13 years said, “the Sky will not even be her limit because the sky is limitless”.
He encouraged her to maintain her hard earned reputation, saying good name is better than SANship which according to him is just a title.
In a good will message, a veteran journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The News Echo, Mr Tamenor Kwaghzer who spoke on behalf of the journalists at the occasion prayed God to grant Ekpendu’s heart desires so that she will continue to be of benefit to the entire society.
” As for the briefs I don’t think the size of briefs you will get from your profession will not be bigger than the Political offices that will accompany you with insults. I don’t think any of such will be bigger than this particular one.
Others who spoke at the reception including Barr J.O Akaaundu, Barr Terkula Iho ESQ, Barr Regina Abah, Jude Tobias Ekpendu, Nicolas Shom and Iveren Tobias Ekpendu (who spoke earlier in an interview with newsmen) were unanimous in their goodwill messages that God will bless Chief Dr Mbafan-Ashar Ekpendu beyond measure and she will attain the legal rank of SAN soon.