The Nigerian government has banned the use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces namely; the Army, Navy and the Air Force. The Nigerian Police will however use the uniform when in Joint Operations with the military or on special operations such as specific anti-riot missions.
A statement released by the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, said; “The use of camouflage/fatigue is therefore restricted to the military and for occasional use by the police henceforth,”.
“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 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.
“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.”