Unmarried policewoman sacked for getting pregnant

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An unmarried female police officer, Olajide Omolola has been sacked from the Nigerian police force for getting pregnant while not married.

According to her dismissal letter, getting pregnant while unmarried is against the codes and conduct of the police force of the country.

Her dismissal was contained in a police wireless message with reference number CJ:4161/EKS/IY/Vol.2/236, DTO:181330/01/2021.

The letter in part reads

“Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulation against women police getting pregnant before marriage W/PC (woman corporal) Olajide Omolola passed out of Police Training School on 24/04/2020 attached to yours contravened above provisions.

Nigerian Armed Force Chiefs removed from office.

She stands dismissed from the Force. Dekit her.  Retrieve police documents in her possession with immediate effect. O/C CFO Ekiti only. You are to relay the signal to IPPIS Abuja for the stoppage of her salary with immediate effect.

DECOMPOLS (deputy commissioners of police)/ACPOLS (assistant commissioners of police)/HODs/DPOs Ekiti State only. You are to lecture women police. Treat as very urgent.”

The aspect of the Police Act which was relied on to effect her dismissal had been repealed in the amended Police Act that was signed into law by President Buhari in September 2020 but it has however not been gazetted.

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