Police commander disciplined after being filmed cutting female officers’ hair
A Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) commander has been disciplined after he sparked outrage when he was filmed cutting female officers’ braided hair.
Andrew Kumapayi, regional commander for the FRSC in the southern Rivers State, reportedly carried out the punishment at an early-morning parade in the city of Port Harcourt on Monday, according to BBC.
In a post shared by FRSC Rivers Sector, which was later deleted from their page, Mr Kumapayi conducted the normal inspection.
FRSC spokesman Bisi Kazeem told the state-run News Agency of Nigeria that other officers involved in the incident had been recalled and “appropriate sanctions” would be taken against those involved once investigations are completed.
According to a staff guide on the safety corporation’s website, “female staff at FRSC parades must maintain a hairstyle that can be tucked into their beret.”
The incident has elicited mixed reactions online and among those who reacted was President Muhammadu Buhari’s PA who tweeted:
HUMILIATION OF WOMEN TAKEN TOO FAR BY FRSC sector Commander in Rivers State, Andrew Kumapayi. This man should be …….
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