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Ekiti Sues IGP Over Dismissal Of Pregnant Cop

Following the dismissal of a female cop in Ekiti State by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, for getting pregnant out of wedlock, The Ministry of Justice  in Ekiti has dragged the Inspector to Court.

According to reports, Olajide was dismissed last month in accordance with Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations 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.”

However, According to a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Attorney-General Olalekan Suleman,

“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 state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda, in suit FHC/AD/CS/8/2021 filed before the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, has said that Section 127 of the Police Acts and Regulations that says unmarried female cops who gets pregnant should be dismissed is unconstitutional.

Fapohunda made it known that that there is a law in the state that guide against violation of female rights, and that the International Federation of Women Lawyers and several other women rights groups in the state has written to him concerning the matter of the dismissed policewoman.

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