Nigeria Army Brigade says it is monitoring the daily protests of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Abuja, over the detention of their leader.
The Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Umar Musa, said he will deploy troops against the protesters, if the situation gets out of control.
Musa speaking to newsmen at the closing ceremony of soldiers of the rank of corporal and below competition, said the brigade is not intervening in stopping the protests, because it is still within the capability of the police.
The Brigade is charged with the protection of the President, Vice President and the Federal Capital Territory.
According to him, “the activities of the Islamic Movement Of Nigeria has being on the high particularly in the Federal Capital Territory on the high over the detention of their leader who is facing some charges proffered against him in court.
“But I want to assure the public that the Nigerian army and Guards Brigade in particular have been monitoring the situation closely.
“As it is now, most of the activities of the movement is within the ambit of the Nigerian police who have the constitutional role of protecting life and property of the populace.
“It has not yet reached the time where the military will be involved.
“But all same we have been monitoring and we are always on standby at short notice should the situation go out of hand of the Nigerian police.
“But I want to once again assure the public that their activities would not affect the security of the FCT,” he said.Please subscribe to our newsletter