St. Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral, Nsukka, Enugu State, has barred women from wearing big headgears and carrying hand bags to Sunday service.
The Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Uche Obodoechina, who announced this during Sunday service in Nsukka, said the ban would take effect from September 9.
Obodoechina said the measure was being introduced to ensure the security of worshipers. According to him, big headgears, in most cases, made the identification of persons during Sunday service difficult.
He said the headgears (popularly called canopy) turn to a “barricade” when many women who had it on sat on the same roll during service. He said, “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 a bomb will be smuggled into the church.
“The church has directed security men at the church gate to seize big headgears and bags from September 9. This measure is aimed at enhancing the security of the faithful during Sunday mass.” Furthermore, the cleric 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 designated places within the church premises. He added that for those coming for 5.30am Mass, the gate leading into the church would be closed by 6am while for the 7.30am Mass at the gate would be closed by 8am.
“So if you cannot come before this time, you are late and you will not be allowed to enter into the cathedral compound” he added. We urge members to cooperate and obey the directives in the interest and safety of all.
"These are temporary measures and will be relaxed as soon as the security challenges in the country improve. The church is sorry for whatever inconveniences the measures will cause members.”