Lawmakers interface with Military to curb proliferation of uniforms

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigerian House of Representatives is to interface with all the country’s security forces to curb the proliferation of security outfits in the country.

This is to serve as a check to the recent incidents of the proliferation of military and other security agencies’ outfits in the society.

In a motion on the urgent need to curb proliferation of military uniform adopted at the plenary, sponsor, Bello Hassan Shinkafi from Zamfara State explained that using security uniform by non-security personnel contravene the Nigerian Constitution and grave offense.

Alh. Shinkafi said “Section 110 of the Penal Code forbids anyone, not being a person serving in any such as armed forces of Nigeria, from wearing the uniform or any part of the uniform any part such forces, or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms.

Equally Section 111 of the same Code provides that any person who sells or gives any uniform, or part of a uniform, or any dress, badge or mark, as in Section 110 of this Code to any person who is not authorized to wear the same, is guilty of an offense and is liable to the penalties prescribed in the said section.”

The lawmaker cited the Presidential Order 003 mandating all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and the military impliedly, to source their textiles needs locally as part of efforts to revive the Cotton, Textile, and Garment (CTG) sector in Nigeria and reduce the proliferation of military uniforms among civilians.

Alh. Shinkafi said “Concerned that while the recent pronouncement may be a form of a boost to the textiles industry there is evidence of unauthorized tailoring outfits involved in the making of military uniforms, thereby contributing to the proliferation of those uniforms which are being made available to unauthorized persons, including criminals and thugs.

Believes that restricting the production of those uniforms to military and paramilitary outfits themselves against the use of random tailors, may serve as a check to the recent incidents of the proliferation of those outfits in society.”

The proliferation of military uniforms are believed to have given rise to false military personnel donning such uniforms to perpetrate criminal activities including kidnappings, robbery, cultism and most recently, electoral thuggery and violence.