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Nigeria court: Unmarried police can’t fall pregnant



A federal high court in Nigeria has upheld the police force’s decision to sack an unmarried officer who fell pregnant last year.

Justice Inyang Ekwo said he found no compelling reason “to disrupt the discipline of the force”.

“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,” he added.

The case was brought by the Nigeria Bar Association following the sacking of an unmarried officer who fell pregnant in January 2021.

“The male police officers and married female police officers in the Nigeria Police Force are not subjected to similar discrimination, sanction, opprobrium, and indignity,” it said.

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