A rights group, Women Empowerment and Legal Aid, has sued the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force for sacking a policewoman, Omotola Olajide, for getting pregnant outside wedlock.
In an affidavit deposed to by Dipo Omotosho, a litigation officer at the law firm of Falana and Falana Chambers, it was stated that the sacked policewoman had given WELA the authority to pursue the case and help her get justice.
The deponent stated that the Federal Government enacted the Police Act 2020 to guide the operations of the Nigeria Police Force in September 2020.
He further stated that Regulation 127 made pursuant to police Act, 2020 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.
According to Omotosho, Regulation 127 of the Police Act was used to dismiss many pregnant unmarried female officers.