The Federal High court in Lagos has ruled against the federal government conducting marriages says its unconstitutional , for Federal government to conduct marriage.
The court was presided by Justice D.E. Osiagor , says that as written in the 1999 constitution, only Local government is empowered to carry out marriage registries.
He submitted that as provided by the law , the conduct of marriages and issuance of certificates are solely the job of the local governments.
The Judge further added that the acts of the federal government through the ministry of interior , operating marriage registries is beyond their powers and held that all marriages conducted by federal marriage registries or through their agents are illegal and invalid.
There has been a legal battle between some local government areas in Nigeria against the federal government who has the right to operate marriage registries , conduct marriages and issue certificate .
The Local government insisted that their right to register marriages was being taken over by the federal government through the Ministry of interior .
This prompted the Eti-Osa Local government Area of Lagos to go to court ,where they were given order to take over the popular Ikoyi Marriage Registry being operated by the Ministry of Interior, on the grounds that the Federal government through the ministry had no business operating