A Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere Division of Lagos, South West Nigeria has declared marriage certificates issued by the Ikeja Local Government and other local governments in the states as illegal and unconstitutional.
The Court further perpetually restrained the local governments from issuing ‘customized’ marriage certificates.
The court presided over by Justice Ibironke Harrison delivered the Judgment on Monday May 15, 2017 declaring the marriage certificates issued by all local government in Nigeria illegal and unconstitutional.
In a class action filed by Consumer Rights Lawyer, Olumide Babalola against Ikeja Local Government and ALGON (Association of Local Governments of Nigeria), in Suit No. LD/1343GCM/16, the Hon. Justice Ibironke Harrison of the Igbosere division, ordered as follows:
1.Declaration that the 1st Defendant (Ikeja Local Government) does not have powers to issue modified and/or customized marriage certificates different from that provided in Form E under section 24 of the Marriage Act, LFN 1990.
2.Declaration that the 2nd Defendant’s (ALGON) “Local government Unified Marriage Certificate” is unknown to our law, unconstitutional, null and void.
- Perpetual injunction restraining the Defendants, their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing modified and/or alter marriage certificate apart from the form as provided under Form E (1st schedule) and section 24 of the Marriage Act, LFN 1990.
- Perpetual injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant, their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing “Local Government Unified Marriage Certificates.
- An Order that all modified marriage certificates issued by 1st and 2nd Defendants be surrendered to the appropriate local government where the marriage was conducted and an appropriate certificate in line with Form E should be re-issued to the Claimant herein and all concerned persons.
By this judgement, intending couples are to ensure that the type of certificates issued to them by local government marriage registries conform with the one issued by the Federal Marriage Registry in Form E while already married couples are to return their irregular and illegal marriage certificates to the local governments in exchange for the proper ones.
Source: thenigerialawyer.com https://goo.gl/R0Eoj9