Tension in community as monarch barswomen from wearing trousers, others

Tension is already brewing at Akwaihedi in Nnewi South Local Council of Anambra State over some alleged draconian laws unilaterally imposed by the traditional ruler of the town, Lt.-
Col. Wisdom Onebunne (rtd).

The new laws, allegedly made by the monarch in concert with the President-General of Akwaihedi, banned women from wearing trousers in the town or
walking its streets without wearing head tie.

Anyone caught contravening the rules is liable to a fine of N50,000, while failure to pay leads to indefinite banishment
from the town. Meanwhile,serving members of the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC), who had gone to the
community for their weekly Community Development (CD)programme, have become the first culprits, as they were
allegedly assaulted and apprehended by some youths.

The encounter nearly turned bloody but for the timely intervention of some other
youths from the town. A corps member and one of the victims,Grace Uduak, said she was shocked when the traditional ruler allegedly pounced on her for wearing the NYSC trousers
in the town.

A source told newsmen that already, about 10 natives had been fined by the Igwe’s court for their mode of worship,
which was not in line with the traditional ruler’s idea of worship.

The source claimed that even policemen were not allowed to enter the community because the royal father said his traditional court would handle
all domestic issues.

When confronted, the monarch told newsmen that the matter has been resolved amicably but refused to give
details as to whether the vexatious laws have been repealed or amended.

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