A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the closure of Federal Marriage Registry, Ministry of the Interior, Ikoyi, Lagos while declaring illegal and invalid all marriages conducted by the registry.
Delivering the judgement, the presiding judge, Justice D.E. Osiagor held that only the local government marriage registries were empowered to do such by the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
According to a report by ThisDay, the judge submitted that the conduct of marriages and issuance of certificates were statutorily the job of the local governments as provided by the law.
The judge 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 Ikoyi marriage registry with immediate effect.