The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has issued a directive to the Federal Ministry of Interior, instructing the immediate withdrawal of camouflage uniforms from security and law enforcement agencies under its supervision.
The circular, dated January 16, 2024, and signed by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser, emphasized the need to curb the proliferation of camouflage uniforms among agencies such as the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the Federal Fire Service (FFS).
Mr Ribadu expressed concern over the accessibility of camouflage outfits to criminals and impostors, citing a recent attack in Plateau State where perpetrators were reportedly dressed in camouflage uniforms.
The circular stressed the importance of enforcing the ban on camouflage uniforms for security agencies, except the Armed Forces and Police during special occasions or joint operations.
In response to the directive, Mr. Ribadu called on the Interior Minister to implement stringent measures to ensure compliance with the ban across all security and enforcement establishments under his supervision.
The move comes after persistent disregard for previous government orders restricting camouflage uniforms to the Armed Forces and the Police during specified circumstances.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and Federal Fire Service (FFS) have been identified as major culprits in violating the ban, prompting ONSA to take decisive action to address the issue and enhance national security.