“One of my favorite clothing patterns is camouflage. Because when you’re in the woods it makes you blend in. But when you’re not it does just the opposite. It’s like “hey, there’s an asshole.”
Who isn’t dying to rock camouflage on the streets of lagos confidently without fear. Fear of being harassed or brutalised by the Nigerian Army. We all know about the story of the crippled man that was brutalised recently by soldiers. This was because he was wearing camo. Now I can’t even begin to fathom why it’s a crime to actually wear camo. Camo has to be one of the best things that happened in fashion, just like jeans. But hey nope, it’s a crime punishable by jail time in our dear Nigeria. Yes I am for real, it’s a real crime and it’s in our constitution.
Section 110 & 111 of Nigeria Criminal Code Act states;
Any person who- Unlawfully wearing the uniform of forces, etc. L.N. 112 of 1964. 1967 No. 27.
(1) not being a person serving in any of the armed forces of Nigeria, wears the uniform or any part of the uniform of such forces, or any the armed dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms; or
(2) not being a person holding any office or authority under the Government of Nigeria or of any part thereof, wears any uniform or distinctive badge or mark or carries any token calculated to convey the impression that such person holds any office or authority under the government;
is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for one month, or to a fine of ten naira, unless he proves that he had the permission of the President or of the Governor of a State or wear such uniform or dress, badge or mark or to carry such token:
Provided that this section shall not apply to the wearing of any uniform or dress in the course of a stage play or in any bona fide public entertainment.
111. Any person who sells or gives any uniform, or part of a or any dress, badge or mark, as in the last preceding section mentioned, to any person who is not authorised to wear the same, is guilty of an offence and is liable to the penalties prescribed in the said section.
Section 251 of the Constitution also states;
Any person who, not being a person serving in any of the armed or police forces of Nigeria, wears the uniform of any of these forces, or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of any such uniform, in such manner or in such circumstances as to be likely to bring contempt on that uniform, or employs any other person so to wear such uniform or dress, is guilty of a simple offence, and is liable to imprisonment for three months or to a fine of forty naira.
It’s apparent that that part part of the constitution hasn’t been reviewed properly. Please for the love of fashion we need a version of the constitution that actually allow us wears camouflage with peace of mind. We have been deprived of this since like forever and high time someone actually rectified it.
I know the law was enacted because people were impersonating the armed forces. They were doing all sort of stuff with the uniforms, vandalising, robbing and so on. But hey, on a normal day, soldiers are not meant to roaming our streets with their uniforms. They should only wear them in the barracks.
We love Nigeria and we don’t want to be criminals. So please we beg for them to review the constitution. We want to be able to wear camouflage with all confidence on our streets.
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