Police authorities have ordered female officers who are married to civilians to vacate their barracks.
FastNews reports that a large number of married policewomen and others married to civilians living in various Enugu State barracks are on the verge of becoming homeless as a result of a police order directing them to vacate the facilities.
This information was contained in a police wireless message with the reference number C8:0900/ENS/PROV/VOL.1/195, DTO:100800/11/2021.
The signal came from Enugu State’s Department of Finance and Administration and was sent to all Assistant Commissioners of Police, Heads of Department, and Divisional Police Officers in the state obtained by SaharaReporter.
The document read, “YOU WARN ALL WOMEN POLICE PERSONNEL SERVING WITH THEIR CIVILIAN HUSBANDS AT POLICE BARRACKS IN THE COMMAND X WITHIN JURISDICTION YOURS X TO VACATE SAME ON OR BEFORE 31/01/2022 X REPEAT 31/01/2022.“
The police authorities said the move was to forestall security compromise in all stations and barracks within the command.
The document also asked those who sublet whole or part of their barrack accommodations to civilians to eject them or face disciplinary action.
One of the affected female officers, who spoke to SaharaReporters on condition of anonymity for fear of being sanctioned said she was shocked by the directive.
“Evicting women police from the barracks just because they are married to civilians is insane and shameful. They should have the same rights and opportunities as their male colleagues.
“Gender inequality like this will affect the women psychologically and make them feel worthless just because of their choice of marriage,” she said.