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Court Says It’s Ok For Unmarried Female Police Officers Not To Be Pregnant

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Court Says It's Ok For Unmarried Female Police Officers Not To Be Pregnant

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) seeking to invalidate some provisions in the Nigeria Police Force Regulations (NPFR).

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, held that there was nothing discriminatory or unlawful about the provisions in Regulations 126 and 127 of the NPR.

Justice Ekwo ruled that having willingly enlisted into the police, and being aware of the regulations, it was wrong for an unmarried female police officer to now flout the same regulations.

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“I find that the regulation in issue in this case is about conduct and nothing more. I find no compelling reason for this court to disrupt the discipline of the force or interfere in the regulation of conduct of officers of the Nigeria Police Force whether male or female.

“Any person, who joins the force must abide by the regulation of the force or not join the force, as there is no compulsion about its membership.

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“In my opinion, the essence of this suit is to use the provision of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to lower the moral and professional standard of the NPF and this court will not give its imprimatur to such venture,” he ruled.

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