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Dismissed pregnant policewoman loses case in Ekiti court

 Dismissed pregnant policewoman loses case in Ekiti court

Usman Baba

The Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday dismissed the suit instituted by the Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, against the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, to challenge the dismissal of an unmarried pregnant police officer.

Fapohunda, in the suit, marked FHC/AD/CS/8/202, had said the dismissal of the policewoman in February for being six months’ pregnant while still single and unofficially married, was an infringement on her rights and as well discriminatory.

The AG had, among others, sought “an order of the court to nullify Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations, which provides for the discharge from the police force female officers, who become pregnant while married unofficially.”

But counsel for the IG, Femi Falade, urged the court to dismiss the suit on the grounds that the AG lacked the locus standi to challenge the decision of the police to dismiss the officer, adding, “The victim filed a suit over her dismissal at the industrial court in Akure in February. It will amount to an abuse of court processes to grant the prayers of the plaintiff in view of the one at the industrial court”.

However, Fapohunda urged the court to discountenance the plea of the defendants and deliver its judgment in the interest of justice for the affected policewoman and other women in the police force.

In the judgment, Justice Kuewumi said, “The suit is an abuse of court process as same has been filed by the dismissed officer at the National Industrial Court, Akure and hence the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti lacks jurisdiction on the matter.

He, however, ruled in favour of the plaintiff on the rights of the AG to institute a civil case against the IGP on the dismissal of the police woman which lay to rest the objection by the first respondent on the matter.

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