Army: Why we deployed troops around national assembly

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The Nigerian army says it deployed troops to the three arms zone area of the federal capital territory, where the National Assembly Complex, presidential villa as well as law courts, are located, to prevent an invasion by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

On Thursday, there was an unusual number of soldiers in the zone.

In a statement, HT Tagwai, assistant director of army public relations, said contrary to reports that the army “were trying to take over the national assembly”, the troops were deployed to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

“The report that soldiers were trying to take over the National Assembly is false and misleading,” Tagwai said adding that troops are usually deployed within Abuja “on receipt of any intelligence report of mischievous elements that may want to cause mayhem.”

He said it was learnt that IMN members better known as Shiites…



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