Pregnant Constable Sues Police Authorities For Her Dismissal

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A police constable recently dismissed for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Omolola Olajide, has filed a suit praying for an order reinstating her to the police force, according to a Premium Times report.

 

Ms Olajide, a constable attached to Iye-Ekiti Police Division, Ekiti State Police Command, was dismissed on January 20, 2021 for allegedly violating section 127 of the Police Act with her pregnancy.

 

PREMIUM TIMES on Monday saw a copy of her “complaint” which she filed February 3 at the National Industrial Court in Akure, Ondo State, to challenge her dismissal.

 

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) are sued in the suit as the three defendants.

 

She contends through her lawyer, Funmi Falana, that her “purported dismissal” by the defendants was discriminatory and a violation of the various provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.’

 

The Ekiti State Government has similarly filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, describing section 127 of the Police Act which was cited by police authorities in dismissing Ms Olajide as discriminatory and unconstitutional.

 

The suit, which was filed on behalf of the state government by its Attorney-General, Wale Fapohunda, seeks an order nullifying the said section 127 of the Police Act.

 

Claims

In her statement of claim filed in court, Ms Olajide stated that the reason given for her “disengagement” in a signal sent to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of her station in Iye-Ekiti on January 20, “was that I contravened regulation 127 made pursuant to the Police Act against women getting pregnant before marriage and consequently dismissed.”

 

“All police documents in my possession were also to be retrieved with immediate effect and my salary stopped,” she added.

 

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