*Andrew Ikumapayi sent on suspension along with others
Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, FAME Foundation, on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to prosecute the Rivers state sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Andrew Ikumapayi, for the abuse of his office and harassment of women officers.
The image which was shared on the FRSC Rivers state sector on facebook pages indicated that Mr. Andrew A. Kumapayi picked up a scissors to cut off some of the women’s hair publicly in a bid to instil discipline in dressing properly in uniform.
“The sector commander RS6.1, Rivers CC Andrew A Kumapayi conducting a general (hair, uniform and finger nails) inspection on staff of RS6HQ, Port-Harcourt and RS6.1 Rivers during the parade on Monday 10th April, 2017,” got fazed with one of the staffers and used scissors to cut her hair.
In a press release signed by the NGO’s head, Aderonke Bello, she demanded of the government to act upon this as soon as possible because failure to do so will encourage the harassment of women officers in the nation.
“Mr. Ikumapayi must be penalised for abusing his office and also for harassing women officers’ right in public, this is not allowed, he carried this act out because they are women and also his subordinate, we condemn this act totally.
“The government must investigate this matter as quickly as possible and bring him to justice, he must be penalised by all means within the rule of law, if he escapes, others will follow and continue harassing women officers who are diligently serving their nation,” she concludes.
Federal Road Safety Corps has suspended Ayodele Kumapayi, its sector commander in Rivers State, for cutting female officers hair with scissors.
The FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed that other officers who allegedly participated in that act have been suspended alongside Mr. Kumapayi.
He said the sector commander accused the female marshals of carrying long hairdo.
Mr. Kazeem said the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, ordered the errant officers immediate suspension pending investigation into the incident.