LG marriage certificates illegal – Court

*All LG conducted marriages to get proper certificates

Hon. Justice Ibironke Harrison of the Igbosere division of Lagos High Court has declared that Ikeja local government and other local governments’ marriage certificate is unconstitutional. The judge perpetually restrains them from further issuing “customised” marriage certificates.

The Lagos High Court delivered a judgement declaring the marriage certificates issued by all the 774 local governments in Nigeria illegal and unconstitutional while restraining them from further issuance of “Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate” to Nigerians.

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 customised 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Perpetual injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant, their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing “Local Government Unified Marriage Certificates.
  5. 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.

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