by Lekan Olanrewaju
Amidst controversy over a botched hostage rescue and tales of violence around the country our government has once more shown its incredible penchant for ignoring such trivialities, and focusing on what is truly important. Yes, those citizens who bother about bombings and things of the sort are focusing on the wrong things, as there are far more pressing issues at hand, for example, the police uniform.
The Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday began a test run for the new police operational uniform. “The IGP, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar has said his appearance in the new police camouflage is a process of test running the uniform as one of the Force’s operational outfits.” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Olusola Amore in a statement.“President Goodluck Jonathan has approved a test-run of a camouflage dress for the Nigeria Police Force as one of its operational attires.”
You’ve got to admit though – the all one was not a sight for sore eyes.
The IGP stated that the new dress is in line with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government and the long desire of the Police management team to reform and to launder an acceptable image for the police through the turn-out of its officers and men. The camouflage which is an admixture of black, white and ash colours, will serve as an operational dress for the police with some inherent advantages when fully integrated and confirmed as one of the official police outfits.”
Well, assuming one of the “advantages” of the image overhaul will be improved performance by the force, perhaps we can hazard a guess as to how much of a difference this will make to the safety of the public, and not just the bank account of whoever has been contracted to supply the new uniform, by comparing how we measure up to other uniforms from other countries.
Have a look at some uniforms from Police Forces from around the world and decide for yourself
Italians. Ever stylish, as we would expect
Our brothers over in Ghana
The French Police certainly seem happier than the average Nigerian officer. Perhaps it’s related to the brightness of their uniforms?
Does anybody have a problem with the South African uniform? You could probably demand an apology for it
And last but certainly not least, the guys over at the Metropolitan Police Force (those are the guys who got Governor James Ibori for us, no?)
Over to you! Which of these uniforms give you most confidence?