The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria has appealed the judgment of the Lagos State High Court which held that the Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate is unknown to law and is, thus, null and void.
The judgment was given on May 15, 2017 by Justice I.O. Harrison in favour of one Olumide Babalola.
But ALGON, in its eight-ground notice of appeal, is contending that Justice Harrison ought not to have entertained the case because, according to it, the Federal High Court and not the state high court was vested with jurisdiction to decide the case.
Among other grounds, ALGON is also contending that Justice Harrison was wrong to have declared that the formation of marriage was under the exclusive list of the constitution within the domain of the Federal Government, regulated by the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs.
It contended that by the virtue of Section 7 (5) of Fourth Schedule (1) of the 1999 Constitution, registration of marriage is one of the functions of the local government and is under the exclusive list.”
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