A Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Ekiti state government against Inspector General of Police Usman Baba for the dismissal of a pregnant policewoman for abuse of legal process .
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Ekiti State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Wale Fapounda in the case is asking the court to overturn section 127 of the Law and Regulations on the police, which provides for the revocation of the policy. Force female officers who become pregnant when they are not officially married.
Delivering his judgment, Judge Babs Kuewumi said: “This lawsuit cannot validly coexist with the lawsuit before the National Labor Court, sitting in Akure in Ondo State with the lawsuit number: NICN / AK / 14 / 2021.
“The summons that gave rise to this lawsuit is hereby rejected. “
However, Judge Kuewumi had earlier ruled in favor of the plaintiff the reparations, caring whether the court had jurisdiction and whether the appropriate parties had been joined to the action.
The respondents, CSP Femi Falade, opposed the plaintiff’s remedies in the preliminary objection with an 18 paragraph affidavit filed by an Ariyo and a written address.
NAN reports that Fapounda, acting in the public interest, approached the court to seek the interpretation of the constitutionality of section 127 of the Police Service Regulation Act 2001.
He told the court that the dismissal of the policewoman, a native of Ekiti state, on the grounds that she had become pregnant before legally marrying, violated her fundamental right as enshrined in the Constitution of Ekiti. Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
Fapounda therefore asked for the interpretation of article 127 of the police regulations.
But Falade, the respondents’ attorney, objected to the plaintiff’s prayers, saying a similar lawsuit had been filed in Akure’s national labor court.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the judgment, Fapounda said he had asked the court for a copy of the judgment in order to know the next course of action.
He said he was delighted with the court’s decision on reparations that he has standing to take action that will be in the public interest, especially for the needy, saying that female police officers should be treated the same as their own. male counterparts.