Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti Division, on Thursday fixed October 6 for judgment in the suit filed by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti, Olawale Fapohunda, to challenge the dismissal by the Inspector General of Police of a pregnant policewoman, Omolola Olajide,
This was after Fapohunda and the defence counsel had adopted their written addresses in the suit marked FHC/AD/CS/8/202.
The policewoman was dismissed in February from the Force for being six months pregnant while still single and unofficially married, a development which the AG said was an infringement on her right and a form of discrimination.
In the suit whereby the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police and the Police Service Commission were joined as co-defendants, Fapohunda is seeking “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 to the IGP, Femi Falade, urged the court to dismiss the suit on the ground that the AG lacked the locus standi to challenge the decision of the Police to dismiss the officer.
Falade said, “The victim filed a suit over her dismissal at the Industrial Court in Akure in February. It will amount to abuse of court processes to grant the prayers of the plaintiff in view of the one at the industrial court.”
However, the AG 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.
Fapohunda said, “I understand this suit is novel, that an AG will take this step, but if you asked me, the AG has an important role to defend citizens’ rights.
“This is a clear case of infraction and we are seeking to protect the Chapter Four, that is, the right not to discriminate, it is clear. It is not just about an individual but the right of women.”
The AG prayed the court to grant all his reliefs in relation to the case “to protect the sanctity of the constitution and allow more women to have the courage to join the Nigeria Police.”