Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on Saturday criticised the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, for approving a new dress code for policewomen, claiming it was illegal.
According to him, the IGP looked to be using the new clothing code to enforce religion, which he believes is against the constitution.
Acting Force Public Relations Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi said in a statement on Friday that the “new and improved” dress code now allows female cops to wear stud earrings.
Female police officers would also be allowed to wear headscarves under their berets or peak caps while on duty, according to Adejobi.
The dress code, he added, was revealed during the IGP’s Thursday meeting with strategic police managers.
“The police force is made up of people from all around the country who come from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
“This necessitates ensuring workplace inclusion, gender mainstreaming, ethnic and religious diversity for maximum output and professionalism.”
“This has aided in the development of a more effective global workforce diversity management strategy.”
“Canada, the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Australia, and the United Kingdom are among the countries that have adopted the same dress code,” he stated.
In a statement released on Saturday, Adegboruwa stated that the alteration is unconstitutional and must be reversed immediately.
The activist-lawyer said: “On March 4, 2022, the Inspector-General of Police purported to unveil a new dress code for the Nigeria Police Force, especially female officers, who are to be allowed to wear coverings or hijab, etc.
“The religion of public officers, including members of the security agencies, should be a private matter to them. The Inspector-General of Police is not competent to use the platform of his office to enforce religion.
“Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stipulates that the government and all its agencies should be neutral in religious matters.
“Section 42 of the same Constitution prohibits discrimination in all its ramifications. In this regard, there will be no end to confusion attending the new dress code prescribed by the IGP.
“What will be the official uniform for policewomen who are in the Catholic Church?
“How should policemen and women who are in the Celestial Church dress up when the practice of their church is against wearing shoes at all?
“And how should traditionalists who are in the police force dress up, with charms and amulets round their uniforms?
“The Nigeria Police has existed as an institution since 1945 and it is strange that of all the issues confronting that agency, such as low morale, poor welfare, poor infrastructure, poor training, poor welfare, etc, religious adornment should be the priority of the Inspector-General of Police.
“The police should focus on combating crime, improve citizens’ engagement and help guarantee the safety of lives and property. The religious preferences of policemen and women should be their private matters.”
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