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Ekiti Gov’t sues IGP, Adamu for dismissing pregnant officer.

The suit also seeks an order nullifying Section 127 of Police Act and Regulations ..

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A Police Constable, Miss Olajide Omolola, who got pregnant in alleged flagrant violation of the police rules was recently dismissed.

The Ekiti State Government has sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, seeking an order of the court to declare Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations, which provides for the discharge from the Police Force female officers who become pregnant while married unofficially.

Joined as co-defendants in the suit are the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police and the Police Service Commission (PSC).

A Police Constable, Miss Olajide Omolola, who got pregnant in alleged flagrant violation of the police rules was recently dismissed.

Omolola, who was attached to Iye-Ekiti Police Station in Ilejemeje area of Ekiti State, was dismissed by police authority for getting pregnant barely a year after graduating from the police academy.

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The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, in the suit (FHC/AD/ C8/ 8/ 2021) filed at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, is asking the court to determine among others, whether the provisions of Section 127 of Police Act and Regulations are not in violation of the combined provisions of Sections 37 and 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and Articles 2,3, 5 18 (3) and 19 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and therefore unconstitutional, null and void.

The suit also seeks an order nullifying Section 127 of Police Act and Regulations as well as an order of perpetual injunction restraining the IGP, the Ekiti State CP and the PSC from implementing the regulation.

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