There was widespread outcry after a commander in Nigeria’s road safety organization was caught on camera punishing female employees by chopping off their hair.
In a neutral post on their official Facebook page, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) shared photos of the male senior officer, Andrew Kumapayi, cutting hair during a "hair, uniform and fingernails inspection" in the city of Port Harcourt on April 10. The FRSC is the government agency responsible for road safety and road management across the country.
A day later, they said they had punished Kumapayi for this punitive hair cut. The BBC reported that a FRSC spokesman said that Kumapayi’s action was “outside” the unit’s mandate. An online FRSC parade etiquette code says nothing about long hair, but says that female employees should “maintain a hairstyle that can be tucked under their beret".
Kumapayi, the regional chief for the FRSC in the southern Rivers State, has thus far kept silent about his unique disciplinary practices.