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Agbakoba sues FG over religious discrimination

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has dragged the Federal Government before a Federal High Court in Lagos, challenging the discriminatory position of the Marriage Act and Matrimonial Causes Act to his Christian beliefs.

In the suit, Agbakoba also joined the Attorney-General of the Federation and National Assembly as 1st and 2nd respondents.

He is contending alleged restriction and interference with his rights to religious freedom and freedom from religious discrimination by the state through the Marriage Act and Matrimonial Causes Act contrary to Sections 38 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution.

He said as a Christian, he was entitled to conduct his marriage in accordance with Cannon law, but that the state, through the Marriage Act and Matrimonial Causes Act, compelled him to conduct a secular marriage, contrary to his faith.

The matter is before Justice J. C. Aneke and had been fixed for November 10 for report of service on the respondents.

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