The Governor of Kogi state has rocked a full military uniform while visiting his colleague in Sokoto state.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
The Governor of Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello has been spotted rocking full military regalia while on a visit to Sokoto State, to meet the Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
Also, Bello was spotted with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique at an event held in Jos. The two were in happy mood while exchanging pleasantries.
However, many people have faulted Bello for wearing the military uniform which some said was against the constitution. But, a research by Tori News shows that the Governor, or in fact, any Governor or President in Nigeria is authorised to wear it, according to the law of the land.
Section 109, 110 and 111 of the Criminal Code of Nigeria explains it all:
109. Any person who, not being a person serving in the armed forces of Nigeria nor a member of the police forces, and with intent that he may be taken to be such a person or member as aforesaid-
(a) wears any part of the uniform of, or
(b) wears any garb resembling any part of the uniform of, a person serving in the armed forces of Nigeria, or a member of the police forces,
is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for one year.
110. Any person who-Unlawfully wearing the uniform of forces, etc. L.N. 112 of 1964. 1967 No. 27.
(1) not being a person serving in any of the armed forces of Nigeria, wears the uniform or any part of the uniform of such forces, or any the armed dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms; or
(2) not being a person holding any office or authority under the Government of Nigeria or of any part thereof, wears any uniform or distinctive badge or mark or carries any token calculated to convey the impression that such person holds any office or authority under the government;
is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for one month, or to a fine of ten naira, unless he proves that he had the permission of the President or of the Governor of a State or wear such uniform or dress, badge or mark or to carry such token:
Provided that this section shall not apply to the wearing of any uniform or dress in the course of a stage play or in any bona fide public entertainment.
111. Any person who sells or gives any uniform, or part of a or any dress, badge or mark, as in the last preceding section mentioned, to any person who is not authorised to wear the same, is guilty of an offence and is liable to the penalties prescribed in the said section.