Nigerians react as court declares marriages conducted at Ikoyi registry invalid

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The Lagos  high court has ruled that marriages conducted by Federal Registry, Ikoyi is not legally binding.

The judgement delivered on Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1760/16 said  marriage registries in the local government and local council development areas of Lagos State are the authentic and legally-binding government divisions established to carry out such functions.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami said the judgment will be communicated to all stakeholders, including embassies.

He said the decision of the court is supreme and is legally binding on all and that all marriages  conducted and registered in any of the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas are valid and in accordance with the marriage act.

According to him, the judgment will put a stop to the perception of superiority of Ikoyi Marriage Registry over the local government registries.

“We are going to use every available platform in the five divisions across the state to sensitize our people and inform them about this latest development; From Epe to Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja and Lagos Island,” he said.

Nigerians have since taken to the social media to respond to this new development as the Ikoyi registry is the most popular destination for weddings in Nigeria. See some of the hilarious comments on Twitter below:

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