Marriage Certificates From Ikoyi Registry Unconstitutional, Court Rules
A Lagos High Court has issued a restraining order to the Ikoyi registry from conducting marriages.
Justice Chuka Obiozor, in his ruling, said that marriages conducted by the Ikoyi registry is not legally binding, adding that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to perform the duties of the 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.
Meanwhile, Lagos state commissioner for local government and community affairs, Muslim Folami told journalists on Thursday that the judgement will be communicated to all stakeholders, including embassies.
According to him, the decision of the court is supreme and is legally binding on all and 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.
“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,” he said.