Nigerian Police women can now wear earrings and headscarf as part of their official dress code. The approval for stud earnings and headscarf under the beret was granted by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, and was communicated after the IGP’s meeting with Strategic Police Managers in Abuja on Wednesday March 3,2022.
IGP Alkali noted that this development, which is in line with international best practices addresses the growing concern for gender mainstreaming and respect for culture and diversity.
The IGP explained that the Nigeria Police workforce has officers from every local government in the country with a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, and an increased inclusion of female folks. This therefore brings the need to guarantee inclusion, gender mainstreaming, ethnic and religious diversity in the work place for optimum output and professionalism.
He buttressed the action with the fact that some other countries have adopted same dress code , which include Canada, the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and the United Kingdom amongst others.
Acting Force Spokesperson, CSP Mùyiwa Adejobi said the dress code is optional, and Senior Women Police Officers have been tasked by the IGP to ensure compliance with the approved standard for women police officers who have opted to adopt the dress code.