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Ekiti Police Commissioner justifies dismissal of pregnant Constable, Omolola

The Ekiti State Police Command has defended the dismissal of a Police Constable, Miss Olajide Omolola, who acquired pregnant in alleged flagrant violation of the Police Guidelines and Rules.

Omolola, who was connected to the Iye Ekiti Police Station in Ilejemeje space of Ekiti State, was dismissed final week by the police authority, for getting pregnant barely a 12 months after graduating from the police academy.

Talking with journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, the Police Commissioner, Ekiti Command, Babatunde Mobayo, stated Omolola violated part 127 of the police regulation, which carries severe punitive measures in opposition to flouters.

Mobayo said that the rule is unambiguous {that a} girl police should endure post-training expertise on the sector for no less than two years earlier than marriage and three years earlier than childbearing.

Mobayo stated: “In police organisation, we’ve guidelines and laws, that are being carried out throughout the ambit of the structure. The Cops usually are not even allowed to maintain their youngsters which can be above 18 years of age within the barracks. A few of these legal guidelines have been taught within the police Schools earlier than we graduated.

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“These legal guidelines have been there. Some stipulated the variety of years you have to spend earlier than you get married. In case you are in police School, you aren’t imagined to get pregnant. While you go out, you continue to want primary coaching and to your consideration to not be distracted, you have to spend a sure minimal of time earlier than you get married so that you can carry out effectively.

“The woman in query handed out Could, 2020, which is eight months in the past and now she is six months pregnant. The Police Act 2020, which is present process modification within the Senate has not repealed that. She had contravened Part 127 of the police regulation.

“Part 126 of the regulation said {that a} married girl police who’s pregnant could also be granted maternity depart, whereas Part 127 stated single girl police who grow to be pregnant shall be discharged from the Pressure and shall not be enlisted besides with the approval of the IGP.

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“What some folks speak about that her elementary human rights had been trampled upon and that girls shouldn’t be discriminated in opposition to whereas additionally saying the legislation has been repealed was not true. The regulation remains to be in place”.

Opposite to the widespread perception that the regulation has been expunged, Mobayo maintained the Police Modification Invoice 2019, which was introduced and sponsored by Senator Uzenwa Onyebuchi on the Senate has not been handed, saying it has solely acquired to the second studying.

“The modification being sought has not been executed nor had the invoice gotten presidential assent. It has simply been referred to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs for additional scrutiny. Except for the foregoing, the amended Police Act is completely different from police regulation”, Mobayo clarified.

Talking additional, the Police Commissioner said that he had been a Commandant in one of many Police Schools earlier than turning into a CP, saying he dealt with a number of circumstances akin to this with victims dismissed, having flouted the legislation, saying this might not have been handled as an exemption.

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“I felt for that woman, although I by no means noticed her earlier than. We noticed the medical report and we did due diligence on her case.
We will’t draw back from the oath of workplace we took, however the IGP can nonetheless reverse no matter we do on the sector.

“About 300 policewomen graduated right here final 12 months. How would the general public really feel in the event that they see all of them pregnant in lower than a 12 months? It’s going to look ridiculous. We’re not the drafters of the principles, we met them there. All these disciplinary actions are what made us capable of management our males. No Police Constable is underaged and they need to be capable to know what to do to not get pregnant throughout the time prohibited by regulation”.

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