Adelani Adepegba and Ade Adesomoju
The International Federation of Female Lawyers, Nigeria chapter, also known as FIDA Nigeria, on Thursday, commended the management of the Federal Road Safety Corps for recalling its Rivers State Sector Commander, Mr. Ayodele Kumapayi, to Abuja.
Kumapayi reportedly cut off some female officers’ branded hair with a pair of scissors as a disciplinary measure.
In a statement by its National President/Country Vice-President, Mrs. Inime Aguma, the group said the immediate recall of Kumapayi, pending investigation into the incident, was commendable.
The photos, which started trending late on Monday, show a man identified as Kumapayi, using a pair of scissors to cut the braided hair of some FRSC female officials.
The incident reportedly happened during the morning parade when Kumapayi went round to inspect his officers and men.
Reacting to the development, FIDA Nigeria stated that while it was not against the disciplining of erring officers, doing so in a manner capable of undermining the dignity of women was unacceptable.
The statement added, “Whilst FIDA Nigeria recognises the essence of discipline and adherence to rules of professional ethics within professional structures, we condemn in strongest possible terms, acts such as that executed by the Sector Commander which have the effect of undermining the dignity of women.”
Meanwhile, a Non Governmental Organisation, FAME Foundation, has called on the Federal Government to sanction Kumapayi for gender harassment and abuse of office.
It flayed Kumapayi for cutting the hair of his junior female officers, noting that he went too far in the exercise of his power.
The group, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja by its Coordinator, Aderonke Bello, said penalising the sector commander would serve as a deterrent to other men who delighted in harassing their female subordinates.
It said, “The government must investigate this matter as quickly as possible and bring him to justice. He must be penalised within the rule of law because if he is spared, other men like him, who have no respect for women, may also harass women officers who are diligently serving the nation.” ( Punchgn.com)