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FG Bans Use Of Camouflage By Police, Other Non-Military Agencies

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The National Security Council has banned the use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces which are, the Army, Navy and the Air Force.

A committee was set up in a bid to map out 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.

On Friday, June 12, 2015 in Abuja, Major General Chris Olukolade, Director, Defence Information released a statement stating that the Nigerian Police could use the uniform when in joint operation with the military or on special operation such as specific anti-riot missions.

“All para-military agencies using various camouflage/fatigues uniforms have up to January 2016 to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.

“With this development the Ministry of Justice along with law enforcement agencies have been taken to ensure that extant laws guiding the use of uniforms in Nigeria are strictly enforce,” the statement said.

In a similar vein, the Office of the National Security Adviser has been given the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria.

It was noted by the DHQ that the proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms especially the camouflage had been raising concern in the national security circles.

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