- The federal government has dismissed claims made by the Lagos state government that the Ikoyi marriage registry is banned from conducting marriages
- The ministry of interior explained that the court, upheld the judgment of a Federal High Court delivered in 2002
- Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor had issued an order restraining the registry from conducting marriages
The federal government on Friday, May 18, dismissed the claims made by the Lagos state government about the legality of the Federal Registry, Ikoyi conducting marriages, adding that the judgement is wrong, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathered that a statement released in Abuja by Bola Odugbesan, director of legal at the ministry of interior, said marriage registration and certification are outside the purview of states and local governments.
However, a report by Daily Post said the ministry of interior explained that the court, presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor, simply upheld the judgment of a Federal High Court delivered in 2002, which was not appealed.
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The case with suit number: FHC/LCS/1760/16 was between Egor local government area of Edo state, three other vs the ministry of interior and others.
The case was struck out by Obiozor in his judgement delivered on April 30, 2018, describing it as “an abuse of court process”.
Odugbesan said: “In the case, the court was invited to interpret the provisions of the Constitution conferring on local governments the powers to register marriages,” .
“The minister of interior, through his counsel, Bola Odugbesan, argued that under item 61 of the Exclusive List, matters connected with marriage under the Marriage Act, issuing of a marriage certificate and its registration are outside the purview of state and/or local governments.
“The federal high court in its judgment dated April 30, 2018, struck out the case of the plaintiffs, i.e., Egor LGA & Ors.
“The court held that the case is an abuse of the court process in view of the earlier judgment of the court in 2002, which upheld the sanctity of the rights of the minister to issue licences to places of worship to conduct marriages, and the registrar under the Marriage Act to register marriages.
“It is instructive to note that Lagos State was not a party in the case.”
The director explained also explained that the federal high court did not order the closure of Ikoyi Marriage Registry, as announced.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Federal Registry, Ikoyi, will no longer be able to conduct marriage ceremonies or issue marriage certificates the High Court in Lagos has ruled.
Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor on Friday, May 18, issued an order restraining the registry from conducting marriages.
Obiozor said it was unconstitutional for the federal government to perform the duties of state and local governments.
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