This is the rule against the non authorised use (wearing) of military uniform. This rule is in the context of the state of education in Nigeria.
The governor of Ekiti state Peter Ayo Fayose is not a military governor and not entrolled in the services or an actor in a drame or TV series. However, he wears camouflage dressing.
The Ngerian Army personnel not vest in the rule as posted above have taken to enforce the rule they want. They have constituted the prosecutor and the judge these matters. The armed forces must be under the control of civilian authorities and abide with the rule of law. If they beleive thete is an infrigment of the law, they can arrrest, pass the suspect to the police for investigate and prosecution if they so wish.
Jungle justice as melted by uniformed and armed personnel must stop and immediately. If there is no civilian control of the armed services, lets pack up our institutions and hand over to the armed forces.
There has been widespread condemnation of an alleged public harassment of a yet-to-be identified lady by some military officers.
A picture of the incident, which has been trending on the Internet, showed the victim being forced to pull down her trousers as her underwear jutted out.
A military man, who was supervising the unsavoury show, bent over the victim, who looked terrified and appeared to be begging another officer whose face was not revealed by the shot.
Although the identity of the supervising military officer was also shielded by his cap, the face of the lady at the centre of the drama was visible.
The time, place and circumstances surrounding the incident is not immediately known. But available information showed the victim was harrassed somewhere in the northern part of the country for putting on army camouflage.
The victim was dehumanised.
It was wrong for anyone to take the law into his own hands no matter the offence.
Sections 108, 109 and 110 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act which prescribed punishment for use of a military uniform for the purpose of impersonation, does not indicate the lady was not guilty of any crime.
“She is not impersonating anybody with the clothes; when did army men start to wear tight trousers, and who gave the army the right to strip civilians?”.
The military were fond of intimidating civilians.
“It is your right to wear anything you want, but if you impersonate someone, e.g. a military officer, you will be prosecuted accordingly (not humiliated publicly) and is the army too dumb to differentiate their uniform from designer clothes? These guys are too busy intimidating the people; they have forgotten they are here to serve the people.
If the victim committed a crime, she was supposed to be taken in for questioning and not humiliated in the public.
If she has in any way breached the law, she should have been taken in for questioning or kept behind bars and the necessary punishment given to her, not behaving like you are in the animal kingdom where anything goes and stripping her. In a sane climate or where humans reside, the army officers should be the one behind bars now.
In a sane country, these men would be arrested, charged, convicted and jailed! The Nigerian Army makes it very easy for civilians to hate them. Is there any law that says civilians can’t wear camouflage? If yes, is the prescribed punishment stripping the suspect?
It is written law that a person cannot be punished for a crime not known to law and punishment therein prescribed.
“Section 251 of the Constitution 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 N40.”