The federal government has banned the use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Army, Navy and the Air Force.
In a statement on Friday, Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, clarified, however, that the Nigerian Police would be allowed to use the uniform when in Joint Operation with the military or on special operation such as specific anti-riot missions.
The statement was released, following the directive of the National Security Council (NSC), which approved the recommendations of a committee on measures to streamline the use of camouflage uniforms, a development that the committee noted had security implications.
“The use of camouflage/fatigue 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,” Olukolade said.
“All para-military agencies using various camouflage/fatigues uniforms have up to January 2016 to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.”
In the same vein, he added, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has been vested with the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria.
Olukolade noted that the proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms especially the camouflage have been generating some concern in national security circles.