Marriages Conducted by Ikoyi Registry Not Legally Binding, Court Rules

A Lagos high court has issued a restraining order to the Federal Registry, Ikoyi saying marriages conducted there is not legally binding.

According to the Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor, it is unconstitutional for the Federal Government to be usurping the power of the State Governments and the 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.

Addressing a Press Conference on the development on Thursday, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami said the Ministry was in the process of officially communicating the development to the various embassies in the State, stressing that the decision of the court was supreme and was legally binding on all, the embassies inclusive.

He added that the news conference was strategically necessary in order to intimate the various embassies resident in Lagos State, the general public and the country at large that all Marriages conducted and registered in any of the 57 Local Government Areas/ Local Council Development Areas were valid and in accordance with the Marriage Act.

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According to him, the judgment would undoubtedly put a stop to the seeming perception of superiority of Ikoyi Marriage Registry over the Local Government Registries.

Folami said that the state government would explore every available windows to enlighten the general public about the development, assuring that the Ministry would not hesitate to schedule meeting with all embassies in the State to enlighten them about the new judgement if the need arose.

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