Anambra Community Fines Women N50,000 For Wearing Trousers

WOMEN-TROUSERSAkwaihedi community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State has reportedly passed a draconian law forbidding women from wearing trousers. Accordingly, anyone that flouts the law will be fined N50, 000.

A source said: “Anyone caught breaking the law will be molested and fined N50, 000 or be banished”.

The source said but for the quick intervention of youths, female members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), posted to the community, would have been stripped.

One of the affected corps member (names withheld), said she was surprised when the ruler berated her for wearing the NYSC uniform, which includes khaki trousers.

Another source, who preferred anonymity, alleged that 10 people had been fined by the community court for flouting the law.

The source said the situation was serious as policemen were not permitted to enter the community because the monarch said the traditional court would handle domestic issues.

The law promulgated by the Igwe and the president-general of the town union, stipulated that no woman should wear trousers. They also banned women from appearing in public without covering their heads.

A correspondent of The Nation, who spoke with the traditional ruler of the community, Lt.-Col. Wisdom Onebunne (rtd), claimed that the matter had been resolved and refused to go into further details.