The National Security Council has banned the usage of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces.
This directive was revealed by the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade today.
Olukolade explained that the Nigerian Police will however use the uniform when in Joint Operation with the military or on special operation such as specific anti-riot missions.
The new directive follows the directive of the National Security Council approving suggestions made by one committee created to control the use of camouflage uniforms.
“The use of camouflage/fatigue is therefore restricted to the military and for occasional use by the police henceforth,” the statement said.
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Mr. Olukolade added, “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 2016 to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.
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“With this development, the 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.
“In the same vein, the Office of the National Security Adviser has been vested with the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria.
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“The proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms especially the camouflage have been generating some concern in national security circles.
“The development has been communicated to all the agencies by the Office of the National Security Adviser.”
The Use of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria has always been frowned upon by the Nigerian Armed Forces who see the uniform as a way to know eachother.
The Armed Forces consist of Army, Navy and the Air Force.