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A Nigerian couple was left stranded on their wedding day in Nigeria after the registrar at the Edo State Ministry of Interior failed to show up at the registry to officiate.

The registrar, Ozuruonye Chukuma, who was supposed to officiate at the wedding was absent as he had gone for a funeral without prior notice to the couple nor delegating his duty to someone else.

The couple upon arriving at the registry were hit with the possibility of their wedding turning sour, though the offices were opened, no authorities were present whatsoever.

In an interview with ITV News Benin city, the groom expressed sadness at the development saying there was no way they could postpone the wedding as food and drinks and other items for the reception had already been prepared and paid for.

He also mentioned that people who had traveled from far could not be asked to go back and return on a later date for the wedding.

Reacting to the development, the Federal Government on Friday, June 4, instituted disciplinary action against Chukuma.


According to a statement released by the Director, Citizenship and Business at the Ministry of Interior, Mrs Soyinka Onijala, on behalf of Dr Shuaib Belgore, Permanent Secretary to the minister, said Chukwuma has been relieved of his duty as a Marriage Registrar at the Benin Federal Marriage Registr.

He has, however, beenrecalled to the Headquarters in Abuja immediately, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Watch a video of the couple complaining bitterly below: