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The Women Empowerment and Legal Aid group has written a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, asking him to reverse the dismissal of a corporal in Ekiti State, Omotola Olajide, or face a lawsuit.
This was contained in a letter titled, ‘Request to Recall Dismissed Pregnant Police Officer’ which was signed by the Chairman of WELA, Mrs. Funmi Falana, on Thursday.
“Take notice that if our request is not granted, we shall challenge the dismissal of Mrs. Omotola at the National Industrial Court and pray for the annulment of Regulation 127 made pursuant to the Police Act, 2020,” the letter read.
Omotola Olajide was dismissed from the Nigerian Police force, because she had gotten pregnant while unmarried; an action which the Nigerian police spokesman in Ekiti, Mr Sunday Abutu had called ’embarrassing’.
The group noted that in justifying the discriminatory treatment meted out to Miss Omotola the Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said that “it was the Police Act Section 124 that was repealed by the court, not Section 127. Section 127 still stands.”
According to WELA, since the views expressed by the police spokesman represents the official position of the Nigeria Police Force it is pertinent to refer the police authorities to the case of Women Empowerment and Legal Aid v. Attorney-General of the Federation (2015) 1 NHRLR 39.