Use of military uniforms by civilians is illegal in Ghana
The Ghana Armed Forces has reminded the public that the use of military and other accoutrements by civilians and authorised persons is prohibited under NLC Degree 177.
“No person shall wear or use any military uniforms, equipment or accoutrements or other materials 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, to wear or use such uniform, equipment, accoutrement or material or an ex-serviceman wearing or using such uniforms, equipments, accoutrements or material on ceremonial anniversary or other special occasion, or a person, who by Executive Instrument is authorised to wear or use used uniform, equipment, accoutrement or material”.
A release issued in Accra and signed, by Lt. Col. E Aggrey Quashie on behalf of the Director, Public Relations described as worrying, the trend where some musicians and religious leaders now wear military uniforms for their video clips and church programmes adding “all these are in contravention of NLCD 177 (1967) which makes the practice illegal.
It noted that the decree additionally prohibits the importation, sale and purchase of any military uniforms, accoutrements and material including second hand military uniforms, accoutrements and materials used by the Armed Forces of Ghana or any other country, notwithstanding that such uniforms, accoutrement or material has ceased to be worn or used by any such Armed Forces.
“The public is therefore reminded that NLCD 177 (1967) is still in force and any person who contravenes its provision commits an offence and is liable to prosecution when arrested”.
The statement urged the civil Police, Military Police, Joint Military – Police patrols are authorised to check the misuse and unauthorised use of these military items”.
It also asked the public to report the misuse of military uniforms and equipment to the Military Police on Telephone numbers, 0302774015 or 0302762762 or 0302761094 or any Police station.