Court declares the power of Ikoyi Registry to conduct marriages in Lagos null, void
Did you get married at the Ikoyi registry in Lagos? If so, you need to read this to be sure you are legally married to your spouse.
The Lagos State Government has secured another court injunction restraining the Federal Government’s owned Registry in Ikoyi from conducting marriages, saying it was unconstitutional for the Federal Government to be usurping the power of the State Government and the Local Government in this regard.
The judgment delivered by Professor Chuka Aunstine Obiozor in favour of Lagos State and 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.
The judgment would undoubtedly put a stop to the seeming perception of superiority of Ikoyi Marriage Registry over the Local Government Registries.
Speaking on the authenticity of existing marriage certificates the President for Marriage Registrars in all LGs/LCDAs, Deji Sokeye, obtained from the local council areas before the new judgment, the president explained that the new certificates that would henceforth be issued by the various council areas did not invalidate the previous certificates.
“There is nothing wrong with the former certificates that did not carry the Red Seal, the Red Seal is just an innovation to the former one and it does not in anyway render the former one invalid.”