The inspector-general of police (IGP), Usman Baba, has banned the use of unapproved uniforms or clothing by police officers while on routine operations.
In a statement on Friday, March 11, Muyiwa Adejobi, the acting police spokesperson, said Baba expressed dismay at the “flagrant vi#lation of the approved Nigeria Police Force dress code” by officers on routine operations
He, therefore, banned with immediate effect the wearing of T-shirts and facaps with inscriptions such as ‘Special Forces’, ‘Commando’, ‘Gallant MOPOL’, ‘SCORPION’ while on routine operations.
According to the statement, “Premised on this, the IGP has ordered an immediate ban on such unapproved apparel. The IGP has described as unacceptable, the use of unapproved apparels, noting that uniforms, which is a means of identification, has been ab#sed by these officers who engage in improper dressing.
He equally decries the fear this unwholesome practice creates in the minds of innocent Nigerians. The IGP, therefore, ordered that henceforth, all police officers detailed for patrol, stop and search, checkpoint, and other routine operational duties must be in approved uniforms for easy identification.
Consequently, the IGP has ordered that all Police disciplinary units, particularly the Force Provost Marshal, the IGP X-Squad, and Monitoring Unit to ensure the strict enforcement of the directive with severe sanctions for erring officers.
The IGP has equally warned that all supervisory officers would be held vicariously liable in the event that personnel under their command vi#late this order.”