- A court case has been filed over the dismissal of a policewoman for being pregnant out of wedlock
- Ekiti state government argued that the dismissal of the female police officer was discriminatory
- The government faulted the legality of provisions of section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations
The Ekiti state government has challenged the dismissal of a policewoman resident in the state, Omolola Olajide, for being pregnant out of wedlock.
The Ekiti attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Olawale Fapohunda, in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti challenged the decision of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, dismissing the female officer.
According to The Punch, Fapohunda asked the court to declare section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations which recommend the dismissal of women who become pregnant while unmarried as unconstitutional.
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The special assistant to the attorney-general on media, Olalekan Suleman, in a statement on Sunday, February 7, said there were inherent issues raised about the police regulations.
The statement read in part:
“Fapohunda has reviewed the said police regulations and found several provisions in violation of sections 37 and 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) as well as several regional and international treaties to which Nigeria is a party to, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”
The attorney-general stated that the Ekiti state government is committed to the eradication of all forms of discrimination against women in public and private life.
In another news, the Nigerian government has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the inspector general of police (IGP) by three months to ensure that the right officer is appointed into that position.
The minister of police affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi made the disclosure on Thursday, February 4, at a press briefing at the presidential villa, Channels TV reported.
Dingyadi stated that the tenure extension was in line with the desire of the president to make sure that a competent person heads the police force.