“Nigerian Police Regulation Banning Unmarried Officers from Getting Pregnant Scrapped After Landmark Court Case”

1: a nigerian police officer named omolola olajide challenged a rule banning unmarried officers from getting pregnant, which resulted in their dismissal if they did. the case was brought to court in the south-western city of akure, where a judge ruled the regulation was “discriminatory, illegal, null and void”.
paragraph 2: the case was brought by a corporal in 2021, and the judge ruled that the regulation “violates sections of the nigerian constitution as well as the african charter on human and peoples rights ratification and enforcement act, which abolished discrimination on basis of gender”.
paragraph 3: the regulation was discriminatory as it did not apply to male officers who got co-workers pregnant. ms olajide was awarded 5m naira (â£9,100) in compensation, but she will not get her job back as she was on probation at the time of her dismissal. experts believe this ruling could have far-reaching consequences for other organisations which have similar regulations.


By Evey Lovelace

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