Richard Ginika Izuora
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday, January 27, directed for a probe of dismissal of a female corporal, Olajide Omolola.
Omolola was dismissed because she got pregnant out of wedlock.
The IGP said this during the commissioning of a project at the SPOs quarters on Oba Aladejobi Street, in the GRA area of Ikeja, Lagos State.
The IGP said, “Let us do our own investigation and find out because whatever I say must be authoritative.”
Many Nigerians had expressed outrage over the circumstances surrounding Omolola’s sacking; with the Nigeria Police Force being criticised over what they described as a discriminatory law; and also called on rights groups to fight for the woman.
The Police in a wireless message with reference number CJ:4161/EKS/IY/Vol.2/236, DTO:181330/01/2021 said Omolola was dismissed for getting pregnant while unmarried.
The signal originated from the Department of Finance and Administration in Ado Ekiti and was addressed to the Divisional Police Officer at Iye Ekiti, where Omolola was based.
The chief financial officer in Ekiti was asked to relay the information to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System to ensure that her salary was stopped.
The document read, “Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulation against women police getting pregnant before marriage; W/PC (woman corporal) Olajide Omolola passed out of Police Training School on 24/04/2020 attached to yours, contravened above provisions.
“She stands dismissed from the Force. Debit her. Retrieve police documents in her possession with immediate effect. O/C CFO Ekiti only.
“You are to relay a signal to IPPIS Abuja for the stoppage of her salary with immediate effect.
“DECOMPOLS (Deputy Commissioners of Police)/ACPOLS (Assistant Commissioners of Police)/HODs/DPOs Ekiti State only. You are to lecture women police. Treat as very urgent.”