The federal government on Tuesday, December 14, reacted to reports that marriages conducted by means of the Ikoyi marriage registry and other federal marriage registries are illegal and invalid.
The permanent secretary and principal registrar of marriages, Dr Shuaib Belgore in a declaration shared on fb stated marriages conducted by them are nevertheless legal and binding.
In an advance report by The Punch, the Federal high court court sitting in Lagos ruled that marriages conducted by the Ikoyi registry are invalid.
Justice Osiagor changed into pronounced to have held that only the local government marriage registries had been empowered to conduct marriages.
The judge also reportedly ordered the closure of all federal marriage registries opened by the ministry with an immediate effect.