The Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Ekiti government against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for the dismissal of a pregnant policewoman for abuse of legal process.
Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that Ekiti Attorney General Wale Fapounda in the lawsuit asks the court to overturn section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations, which provides for dismissal police officers who become pregnant while unofficially 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 at the origin of this lawsuit is rejected. “
Mr Kuewumi had, however, previously decided in favor of the plaintiff the aid measures at the limit of the “locus standi”, whether the court had jurisdiction and whether the appropriate parties had been joined to the action.
The respondents, Femi Falade, in the preliminary objection, opposed the plaintiff’s remedies with an 18 paragraph affidavit filed by an Ariyo and a written address.
NAN reports that Mr. 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, on the grounds that she became pregnant before being legally married violates her fundamental right as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria of 1999 ( as amended).
Mr. Fapounda therefore asked for the interpretation of article 127 of the police regulations.
But Mr Falade, the respondents’ lawyer, objected to the complainant’s prayers, saying similar action had been taken in Akure’s national labor court.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the judgment, Mr. Fapounda said he 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 ruling on the relief that he has the “locus standi” to initiate the trial which will be of public interest, especially to the needy, saying policewomen should be treated the same. way than their male counterparts.
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