The federal government has described as misleading media reports claiming that the Ikoyi Registry, Lagos, has no legal powers to conduct marriages.

On Monday, a Federal High Court in Lagos stated that only Local Government authorities have the power to conduct marriages in Nigeria.

The court order has been interpreted to mean that any marriage conducted by the Registry at Ikoyi is null and void.

The Ministry of Interior, through the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages, faulted the judgment as a violation of Legal process.

A document signed by Dr. Shuaib Belgore on behalf of the Ministry, wondered why the Eti-Osa Local government which was the plaintiff in the suite did not appeal and earlier judgment, in a 2002 suit, by the same court that gave powers to conduct marriages to the Federal Government.

The ministry stated that Eti-Osa Local Government instead of appealing the court pronouncement, went back in 2016 to file a suit quite similar as the one already discharged by the court.

The statement added that the Ministry of Interior has on behalf of the Federal Government applied for the certified true copy of the judgment and will decide on steps to take after studying the document.

The ministry urged the public, International Community and concerned couples whose marriages were conducted by Federal Marriage Registries to remain calm as nothing has really changed.

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