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Court stops Ikoyi registry from conducting marriages

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

It held that it was unconstitutional for the Federal Government to be usurping the power of the State Government and the Local Government in that regard.

The judgement was delivered by Hon Chuka Aunstine Obiozor, in the suit No: FHC/L/CS/1760/16.

The judgement in favour of Lagos State, which took effect on Monday 30th of April 2018, reaffirmed that all the marriage registries in the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos are the authentic and legally-binding government division established to carry out such function.

This was made known by the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami at a press conference.

Folami said that the judgement of the court was binding on every organisation and institution in the state, including the Embassies.

Folami said that there will also be a sensitisation campaign to inform all the registries in the state about the decision.

He said “We are going to use 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.

“The sensitization walk which we embarked on today is also a way of creating awareness and letting the people know of this latest development.”

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