By Olalekan Olaide, Ado-Ekiti
The Attorney-General of Ekiti State Olawale Fapohunda has instituted a civil suit against the Inspector General of Police, seeking an order of court declaring Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations which provides for the discharge from the Police Force, women Police officers who become pregnant while unmarried unconstitutional.
Joined as co-defendants in the suit are the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police and the Police Service Commission.
Mr. Fapohunda in the suit ( FHC/ AD/ C8/ 8/ 2021) filed in 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.
In addition, the suit seeks an order nullifying Section 127 of Police Act and Regulations as well as an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Inspector General of Police, the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police and the Police Service Commission from bringing forth such regulation.
Recently, the Nigeria Police who are supposedly acting under Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations dismissed an unmarried Policewoman, an indigene of Ekiti State from the services of the Force for getting pregnant out of wedlock.
In Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations, it is stated 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”.