THE St Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral, Nsukka, Enugu State, has baned women from wearing big headgears and carrying handbags to Sunday service.
Reverend Father Uche Obodoechina, the Cathedral Administrator, who announced this during Sunday service in Nsukka, said that the ban would take effect from September 9.
Obodoechina said that the measure was introduced to ensure the security of worshippers.
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According to him, the big headgears, in most cases, made the identification of persons during Sunday service difficult.
He said that the headgears (popularly called canopy) turned to a “barricade” whenever many women putting on big headgears stayed on a row during service.
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“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 headgears and bags from September 9.
“This measure is aimed towards enhancing the security of the faithful during Sunday mass.”
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Furthermore, the clergyman announced that cars would henceforth be parked at St Theresa’s College field.
According to him, only motorcycles would be allowed to park at designated places within the church premises.
He added that for those coming for 5.30 a.m. mass, the gate leading to the church would be closed by 6.00 a.m., while the gate for those coming for the 7.30 a.m. would be closed by 8.00 a.m.
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“So if you cannot come before this time, you are late and you will not be allowed to enter into the cathedral compound.
“We urge members to cooperate and obey the directives in the interest of safety for 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,” he said.