Giving Females Officers The Priviledge Wear Hijab Is Totally Illegal – Adegboruwa
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Nigerian lawyer, has expressed his opposition to a new dress code that enables female police officers to wear a headscarf while in uniform.
Naijareporters recently reported that, Female police officers will now be required to wear in accordance with a new dress code issued by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba,
Muyiwa Adejobi, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Police Force, said on Friday that the new clothing permits female police officers to wear a headscarf and stud earrings while on duty.
Adegboruwa, in a statement issued on Saturday, expressed his displeasure with the situation, claiming that the ratification of a new dress code was unlawful and unconstitutional.
This, according to the Senior of Advocates, is in violation of Section 10 of the 1999 constitution, which states that government entities must maintain neutrality in questions of faith and belief.
A police chief’s authority to impose religion is not in question, according to him. He also believes that the religious beliefs of police personnel should be kept a personal issue between them and their families.
According to the attorney, the new clothing code mandated by the police chief would cause uncertainty and disorder in the workplace.
“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 to 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.”