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High Court Orders Ikoyi Registry To Stop Conducting Marriages

Valentine Chinyem

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Intending couples seeking to have a court wedding at the Federal Marriage Registry, Ministry of Interior, Ikoyi, in Lagos State, will no longer be able to do so as the Lagos High Court has ruled that marriages conducted at the registry are null and void.

Justice Chuka Augustine Obiozor, who issued the order, retraining the registry from further issuance of marriage certificates, said it is unconstitutional for the federal government to perform the duties of the state and local governments.

He affirmed that only local government and local council development areas in Lagos, are allowed to carry out such functions, as the only legally binding government establishment allowed to do so.

The Lagos state commissioner for local government and community affairs, Mr. Muslim Folami, while addressing a press conference said, the new development would be communicated to relevant stakeholders and foreign embassies.
Added that the development will not only put a stop to the perception that the Ikoyi Marriage Registry is superior to local government registries.
In his words, “We are going to use every available platform in the five divisions across the state to sensitize our people and inform them about this latest development; From Epe to Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja and Lagos Island.”

In his remarks, Deji Sokeye, the president of the marriage registrars in all the local government and local council development areas, said the responsibilities of the LGAs/LCDAs has come back to them by the virtue of the law and as provided for in section 30 (1) of the marriage act and section 7 (5) of the 1999 constitution.

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