A senior commander of Nigeria’s road safety organisation has reportedly been disciplined after cutting female employees’ long hair as punishment.
Andrew Kumapayi, regional commander for the FRSC in the southern Rivers State, was filmed cutting the women’s hair at an inspection parade in the city of Port Harcourt on Monday.
Photographs of Mr Kumapayi carrying out the punishment, which were published on the official FRSC Facebook page and have now been taken down, have sparked outrage online.
The post said that Mr Kumapayi was carrying out a “hair, uniform and fingernails inspection” of staff.
An official guide for female staff at FRSC parades says they must “maintain a hairstyle that can be tucked into their beret.” It does not mention a ban on long hair.
“The “men” who did this have been suspended by FRSC,” she said a couple of hours later.
Other officers involved in the incident had also been recalled, Bisi Kazeem, a FRSC spokesman, confirmed to state-run News Agency of Nigeria.
An investigation was under way and “appropriate sanctions” would be taken against those involved, he added.
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