Ekiti AG Sues IGP and Others
Ekiti State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Olavale Fapohunda have sued the Inspector General of Police for firing Olajide Omolol, an unmarried pregnant corporal.
In the lawsuit, Fapohunda is seeking a court order declaring unconstitutional section 127 of the Police Act and Ordinances, which provides for the dismissal of female police officers who become pregnant unmarried from the police force.
The co-defendants in the suit are the Ekiti State Police Commissioner and the Police Service Commission.
The Attorney General in a case (FHC / AD / C8 / 8/2021) filed with the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, asks the court to determine, inter alia: whether the provisions of section 127 of the Law are in line and the Police Regulations do not violate the totality of the provisions of sections 37 and 42 The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Articles 2.3, 5 18 (3) and 19 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and therefore unconstitutional, invalid.
The lawsuit also called for the repeal of section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations, as well as for an indefinite injunction preventing the Inspector General of Police, the Ekiti State Police Commissioner and the Police Services Commission from enforcing the order.
It should be recalled that recently, the Nigerian police, acting in accordance with section 127 of the law and police regulations, fired unmarried Corporal Olajide Omolola, a native of Ekiti State, from service in order to become pregnant.
Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations states that “an unmarried female police officer who becomes pregnant must be dismissed from the Armed Forces and may not be re-recruited except with the approval of the Inspector General.”
Source: – Vanguard