The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) Akure Division, Ondo State, has struck down the Regulation of the Nigeria Police Force prohibiting unmarried female police officers from getting pregnant on the job.
In a landmark judgement on Wednesday at the NICN, Akure Division, Ondo State, Justice D. K. Damulak, held that the Police Regulation 127 is “discriminatory, illegal, null and void.” adding that it “violates section 42 of the (Nigerian) Constitution and Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Ratification and Enforcement Act which abolished discrimination on basis of gender.”
The Judge in the historical judgment awarded 5m Naira as compensation to Miss Olajide but stopped short on reinstating her to the police force as she was on probation at the time of her dismissal.
The said Regulation 127 is mute on male officers impregnating females while in service.
The case was instituted by an ex-officer by name Omolola Olajide through her Counsel Funmi Falana challenging her dismissal from the Police Force, stating that she was discriminated against.
The Nigerian Police Force is yet to react to the judgment or state if it will appeal it. It however will have far reaching consequences for other organisations in Nigeria with similar regulations.