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Bolanle Akinlade
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A Lagos State High Court has on Monday, pronounced as illegal and invalid, all solemnisation of unions at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry, Lagos.

According to the court presided over by Justice D. E. Osiagor,  it was held as unconstitutional for the Federal Government to conduct marriages and that only the Local Government marriage registries were empowered to do such in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.

The learned Judge submitted that the conduct of marriages and issuance of certificates were statutorily the job of the local governments as provided by law.

He added that the acts of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Interior, operating marriage registries was beyond their powers and held that all marriages conducted by Federal marriage registries or through their agents were illegal and invalid.

He consequently ordered the closure of all federal marriage registries opened by the ministry, including that of the Ikoyi marriage registry with immediate effect.

Some local government areas in Nigeria had contended with the Federal Government on the power to operate marriage registries, conduct marriages, and issue marriage certificates. They claimed that their powers to register marriages, which were statutorily provided were being usurped by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Interior.

This prompted Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State to proceed to court for an order to take over the popular Ikoyi Marriage Registry being operated by the Ministry of Interior, on the grounds that the Federal Government, through the ministry, had no business operating a marriage registry.

In the suit numbered FHC/ LS/CS/816/18, the local government prayed the court for an order of closure of all marriage registries opened and operated by the Federal Ministry of Interior or through their agents, including that of the Ikoyi registry.

Upon conclusion of the matter, the court granted all orders as prayed. 

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Bolanle Akinlade
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I am a diligent, innovative, and detail-oriented individual, who thrives in dynamic environments.

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