Ministry of Interior Debunks Report That Marriages Conducted In Ikoyi Registry Is Illegal

In a statement, the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages, Ministry Of Interior, described the reports as false, misleading and a deliberate distortion of the decision of the Court.

Following the reports that marriages conducted in the Ikoyi registry are illegal and invalid, the Ministry of Interior has dismissed the claims.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages, Ministry Of Interior, described the reports as “false, misleading and a deliberate distortion of the decision of the Court in Suit No: FHC/L/CS/816/18 between Eti-Osa Local Government Council & 3 others”.

According to the statement, the court only ruled that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Interior, is constitutionally empowered to conduct marriages in Nigeria and the Local Governments were only delegated by the Federal Government to conduct marriages, by virtue of Legal Notices issued pursuant to the Marriage Act.

It also stated that contrary to their (local government’s) pleading, the trial judge held that nothing in the role of local governments, as defined in the Constitution, suggests that they can conduct or contract marriages. However, the only power is derived from the Legal Notices issued by the President.

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