Lawmaker Akin Alabi wants the Law about Nigerians wearing Camouflage Changed


House of Representative member, Oloye Akin Alabi wants to push a bill that repeals the law barring Nigerians from wearing camouflage in Nigeria because he believes “the law is archaic” and that “many soldiers ride on the law to abuse the rights Nigerians”.

According to him, the law doesn’t make sense.

Check out his tweets below:

Oloye Akin Alabi@akinalabi


Nigeria is one of the countries where it is illegal to wear a military camouflage. Some other countries are Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and others

How does this make sense?

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Oloye Akin Alabi@akinalabi

I get a lot of messages from young Nigerians complaining about being harassed by soldiers because they wore military camouflage. While I don’t agree it makes sense, it is clearly stated in our laws that it is illegal to wear a camouflage or any clothings worn by the military.

Oloye Akin Alabi@akinalabi

Section 110(1), Criminal Code states that it is illegal for non military person to wear the uniform of the armed forces, or any part of the uniform of such forces, or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms.

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Oloye Akin Alabi@akinalabi

There are two exceptions. You can wear it if you have the approval from a governor of the president. The other option is if you wear it during an entertainment performance, like in a Nollywood movie or a music video. The penalty for this is 1 month imprisonment or a fine of N10.

Oloye Akin Alabi@akinalabi

So the law is clear. Do not wear a camouflage. But does the law make sense? I’m sure some people will argue it does. Many will say it doesn’t. I’m one of those that say it doesn’t and I thought it would make a lot of sense to repeal that law.

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Oloye Akin Alabi@akinalabi

Not only is it an archaic law, one major reason why I believe the law has to be repealed is because many soldiers ride on the law to abuse the rights Nigerians. We have heard numerous cases of Nigerians being beaten for wearing the camouflage.

Oloye Akin Alabi@akinalabi

I decided to put together a bill so we can repeal this law but I gathered that a distinguished Senator has already submitted a similar bill. I will be waiting for it’s progress. If nothing happens in a few months, I will push mine. For now, I wait.

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