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Police sacks female corporal over unwanted pregnancy

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By Chukwuemerie Anyene

Olajide Omolola, an unmarried female corporal has been sacked by the Nigerian Police Force for getting pregnant.

The signal from Department of Finance and Administration in Ado Ekiti to Omolola’s base at Divisional Police Office, Iye Ekiti, was contained in a police wireless message with reference number CJ: 4161 / EKS / IY/ Vol. 2 / 236, DTO: 181330 / 01 / 2021.

NPF cited Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulation against women police getting pregnant before marriage as basis for the action. Omolola, who passed out of Police Training School on April 24, 2020, was said to have contravened above provisions.

However, Orient Weekend gathered that aspect of the Police Act relied on to sack Omolala had been repealed in the amended Police Act signed into law by the President Muhammadu Buhari in September 2020 although it was allegedly not gazetted.

Chief financial officer in Ekiti had been directed to relay Omolola’s dismissal to Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) to stop her salary.

The part of the document reads: “She stands dismissed from the Force. De-kit 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.”

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