- An unmarried female police officer can not get pregnant, according to Regulation 127 of the Nigeria Police Force Regulations (NPFR)
- Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja refused to nullify some parts of the regulation after an unmarried female police officer was sacked
- The Nigerian Bar Association argued that the provision contradicts the 1999 constitution and is discriminatory to female officers who are not married
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled against nullifying Regulation 127 of the Nigeria Police Force Regulations (NPFR) which forbids unmarried female police officers from getting pregnant.
The Punch reports that the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo on Monday, February 21, dismissed a suit by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) seeking to invalidate some provisions in the regulations.
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The regulation provides that “an unmarried woman police officer, who becomes pregnant, shall be discharged from the Force and shall not be re-enlisted except with the approval of the Inspector General of Police”.
It is discrimination against unmarried female police officers
Justice Ekwo's decision is sequel to an action filed by the NBA querying the legality of the provision which is in conflict with the 1999 constitution (as amended), The Cable added.
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The association citing the case of Omolola Olajide, a female police officer who was sacked in Ekiti state back on January 26, 2021, for being pregnant out of wedlock, argued that it also amounted to discrimination against an unmarried female police officer.
The NBA insisted that such discriminatory regulation has also rendered many female officers childless for fear of being sacked.
Suspended super cop Abba Kyari drags FG to court
Legit.ng previously reported that Abba Kyari, the suspended deputy commissioner of police dragged the federal government to court over his continued detention by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The embattled super cop on Monday, February 21, prayed the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the NDLEA to grant him bail on health grounds, pending the hearing and determination of his application.
Kyari, who is currently in the custody of the anti-narcotics agency over his alleged involvement in drug trafficking filed the suit through his lawyer, Mrs P. O. Ikenna.