The House of Representatives has asked its relevant Committees on Security to summon
the heads of security outfits and Service Chiefs to explain the reasons for the use of
face masks and hoods by personnel of their various outfits when conducting civil
assignments. The directive came following a motion moved by Hon. Nathaniel Agunbiade. He
expressed concern that some military and Department of State Service personnel, have been
repeatedly sighted wearing masks and hoods openly, particularly while monitoring elections
and executing other civil duties.
Hon. Agunbiade’s worry is that face masks and hoods conceal the identity of those wearing them and make it difficult to differentiate between a legitimate security personnel and criminals. He added that due the security situation in the country and because face masks were used in recent time to perpetrate illegal arrests, intimidation and detention of innocent citizens, the use of such veils now terrifies the citizenry.
Hon. Samson Osage lent his voice in support of the motion. He said “anything that will make institutions of State to lose the confidence of the people is not worthy to be condoned”. He pointed out that obviously, face masks and hoods are used by hoodlums and even insurgents to commit criminal activities, therefore wearing them threatens public safety.