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13 December 2019

Senate reviews law requiring policewomen to get permission to marry

A bill to amend the Police Act 2004 by expunging the gender-discriminatory provisions on Thursday passed second reading in the Senate.

This followed the presentation of the bill by the sponsor, Senator Ezenwa Onyewuchi (PDP-Imo East) during the plenary.

Leading the debate on the general principles of the bill, Onyewuchi said the bill was read for the first time on October 10.

He said the bill sought to expunge the provisions of regulations 122, 123, 124 and 127 from the principal act.

Onyewuchi noted that Regulation 122 restricts female Police officers assigned to the General Duties Branch of the Nigeria Police Force to telephone, clerical and office orderly duties.


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