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Police Advise Against Unauthorised Use Of Military Paraphernalia

Abdoulie Sanyang
Inspector General of Police

It has come to the attention of the Inspector General of Police that some individuals are engaged in the use, sale, or importation of military paraphernalia. The wearing, selling or importation of Gambian Security uniform materials without authority is prohibited as the act is in contravention with the laws of The Gambia. 

Section 169 (1) of Criminal Code Laws of the Gambia states that; any person who, not being a person serving in The Gambia Armed Forces or any foreign Force stationed in The Gambia wears without the permission of the president, the uniform of any of those Forces or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks on such uniform, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section 169(2) further states that, any person who unlawfully wears the uniform of any of the forces aforesaid, or any dress having the appearance  or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of any such uniform, in such a 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 misdemeanor.

Section 169(3) equally states that, A person who, not being in the service of The Gambia or having previously received the written permission of the President so to do, imports, sells or has in his or her possession any such uniform as aforesaid or any cloth having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of the uniform, or the buttons or badges appropriate therefore, commits a misdemeanor.

In view of the above, The Inspector General’s office wishes to solicit support from the general public particularly individuals in the habit of using, selling, or importing military paraphernalia into the country to desist from the practice with immediate effect. 

Furthermore, individuals importing military/police combat boots, caps, belts, knives, pepper sprays, taser, etc. are equally urged to desist from such practice with immediate effect.

The public is hereby reminded that unauthorised wearing and importation of uniform materials is prohibited by law and individuals found wanting will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

The cooperation and understanding of the public is highly solicited.

Source: Public Relations Office,

Police Headquarters, Banjul

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