The Nigerian Army on Thursday morning threatened to move against protesters demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance.
The army in a post on Facebook said it would support civil authority “at all costs” to counter “subversive elements and trouble makers.”
In the statement posted on the Nigerian Army’s Facebook page and signed by its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, it said: ” The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure law-abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security and defence of democracy in Nigeria.
“As a responsible and law-abiding organisation, the Nigerian Army reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander-in-Chief, Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution.
“The Nigerian Army hereby warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defend the country and her democracy at all cost.
“The Nigerian Army is ready to support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively.
“All officers and men are directed never to be distracted by anti-democratic forces and agents of disunity.”