The Gambia Armed Forces has issued a tough warning against importation and sale of unauthorised military items.

The army on Tuesday said: “The Gambia Armed Forces has observed with dismay the unauthorised importation and sale of military items such as uniforms, jackets, boots and caps by some individuals and businessmen.”

The statement added “some people who are not serving members of the Gambia Armed Forces are engaged in the indiscriminate use and in some instances abuse of the military camouflage, combat boots and caps in public.

“This development is unfortunate and if unchecked could be used by organized criminal gangs and unscrupulous individuals not only to impersonate members of the Armed Forces but also to perpetrate crimes within the community. 

“It may be instructive to note that it is prohibited under Section 169 subsection 1, 2 and 3 of the Criminal Code, Laws of The Gambia to use and engage in the importation and sale of military uniforms and regalia without authority.”

“Therefore, individuals and businesses involved in the use, importation and sale of military stores are advised to comply with this advisory to avoid confiscation and possible legal action,” GAF said.

“The Gambia Armed Forces wishes to reiterate its commitment to maintaining the peace and security of this country and therefore would not compromise on issues that have the potential to threaten national security. The cooperation of the general public is highly solicited,” the army added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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