Govt Bans Paramilitary Agencies From Using Camouflage Uniforms
• Restricts Use To Only The Military
THE use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces: Army, Navy and the Air Force, has been banned.
The Nigerian Police will, however, use the uniform when in joint operation with the military or on special operations such as specific anti-riot missions.
A statement in Abuja yesterday by Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information (DDI) said this followed the directive of the National Security Council (NSC), which approved the recommendations of a committee on measures to streamline the use of camouflage uniforms, in view of the security implications and concerns raised on the clamour, duplicity and proliferation of camouflage uniforms in the country.
The use of camouflage/fatigue, he stated, is therefore restricted to the military and for occasional use by the police henceforth. The directive also stipulates that the military is to adopt only two types of camouflage for the three arms of the Armed Forces.
All para-military agencies using various camouflage/fatigues uniforms have up to January next year to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.
With this development, the Federal Ministry of Justice, along with law enforcement agencies, have been tasked to ensure that extant laws guiding the use of uniforms in Nigeria are strictly enforced, the statement added.
In the same vein, the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has been vested with the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria. Olukolade said the development has been communicated to all the agencies by the office of the NSA.
The proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms, especially the camouflage, have been generating concern in national security circles.
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