Lagos Court Bars Ikoyi Registry From Conducting Marriages

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The Lagos State Government has secured a court injunction restraining the Federal Government’s owned Registry in Ikoyi from conducting marriages.

It is understood that the Lagos high court ruled that marriages conducted by the Federal Registry, Ikoyi, Lagos are not legally binding.

Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor, who issued an order restraining the registry from conducting marriages, said it was unconstitutional for the federal government to perform the duties of state and local governments.

The judgement, delivered on Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1760/16 said marriage registries in the local government and local council development areas of Lagos State are the authentic and legally-binding government divisions established to carry out such functions.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, said the judgement would be communicated to all stakeholders, including embassies.

He said the decision of the court is supreme and it is legally binding on all.

He added that all marriages conducted and registered in any of the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas are valid and in accordance with the Marriage Act.

According to him, the judgement will put a stop to the perception of superiority of Ikoyi Marriage Registry over the local government registries.

“We are going to use every available platform in the five divisions across the state to sensitise our people and inform them about this latest development; From Epe to Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja and Lagos Island,” he said.



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