The Ghana Armed Forces has observed with great concern the wearing and use of military uniforms, including camouflage, equipment and other accoutrements by unauthorised persons including criminals. There is also a worrying trend where some musicians and religious leaders now wear military uniforms and military pattern uniforms for their video clips and church programmes. All these are in contravention of NLC Decree177 (1967).
The Ghana Armed Forces would like to remind the public, that the use of military uniforms, military pattern uniforms and other accoutrements by civilians and unauthorised persons is prohibited under NLCD 177 (Restriction on use of Military Uniforms and Equipment Decree, 1967). NLCD 177 provides in part that no person shall wear or use any military uniform, equipment, or accoutrements or other materiel unless he/she is a member of the Armed Forces of Ghana, a member of any other armed forces entitled by law or by diplomatic usage, an ex-serviceman wearing or using such uniforms, equipment, accoutrement or materiel on approved ceremonial, anniversary or other special occasion, or a person who by Executive Instrument is authorised to wear or use such uniform, equipment, accoutrement or materiel.
The decree additionally prohibits the importation, sale and purchase of any military uniforms, accoutrements and materiel, including secondhand military uniforms, accoutrements and materiel notwithstanding that such uniform, accoutrement or materiel has ceased to be won or used by any such Armed Forces.
As provided in the decree, ‘Armed Forces’ also refers to the Police Service, Prison Service and other National Security Services.
The public is therefore reminded that NLCD 177 (1967) is still in force and any person who contravenes its provisions commits an offence and is liable to prosecution when arrested. The Civil Police, Military Police, joint military-police patrols are authorised to check the misuse and unauthorised use of these military items.
The public is enjoined to report the misuse and/or unauthorised use of military uniforms, equipment, accoutrement and materiel to the Military Police (telephone numbers 0302-774015, 0302-761094, or 0302-762762) or any military unit or police stations nearby.
Director Public Relations
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