Bill to end discrimination of women in Nigeria Police gets senators’ support

A bill has been presented to the Senate to end an existing discrimination against female officers in the Nigerian Police Force.

The bill sponsored by Imo senator, Ezenwa Onyewuchi, seeks to amend the Police Act by expunging the gender-discriminatory provisions of regulations 122,123,124 and 127.

Regulation 122 restricts female police officers assigned to the General Duties Branch of the NPF to telephone, clerical and office orderly duties.

Regulation 124 mandates female police officers to apply for permission to marry, while the intending fiance will also be investigated for criminal records.

It also stipulates that a police woman who is single at the time of enlistment must spend three years in service before applying for permission to marry.

Regulation 127 prescribes discriminatory…

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