Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 August 2012

Nigeria: Security - Catholic Church Says No to Big Headgears, Hand Bags

The St Theresa's Catholic Cathedral Church, Nsukka, Enugu State, has barred women from wearing big headgears and carrying hand bags to Sunday service. Rev. Fr. Uche Obodoechina, the Cathedral Administrator, who announced this during Sunday service in Nsukka, said that the ban takes effect from Sept. 9.

Obodoechina said the measure was being introduced to ensure the security of worshippers. According to him, the big headgears, in most cases, made the identification of persons during Sunday service difficult.

He said the headgears (po-pularly called canopy) turn to a 'barricade' when many women putting on big head gears stay on a roll during service.

"Please, in view of the present security challenges, the church has urged women to stop coming to Sunday service with big headgears and bags to enable security men know when bomb will be smuggled into the church. The church has directed security men at the church gate to seize big head ears and bags from Sept. 9. This measure is aimed towards enhancing the security of the faithful during Sunday mass."

Furthermore, the clergyman announced that cars would henceforth be parked at the St Theresa's College field.

According to him, only motorcycles will be allowed to park at the designated places within the church premises.

"So if you cannot come before this time, you are late and you will not be allowed to enter into the cathedral compound. The church is sorry for whatever inconveniences the measures will cause members," he said.

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