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Many injure at Lagos APC Governorship campaign Flag-Off
The flag-off of the All Progressives Congress,APC campaign in Lagos on Tuesday ended abruptly as violence broke out mid-way into the well-attended programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that hoodlums suspected to be members of the National Union Road Transport Workers invaded the Skypower Ground Ikeja venue with guns, daggers and other dangerous weapons, and engaged one another in a bloody factional fight.
The situation sent panic across the campaign ground as party members ran in different directions to avoid being hit by bullets being fired.
Security operatives had a hectic time controlling the situation.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was making a speech, had to leave the stage abruptly and was escorted out of the venue with his deputy, Mrs Idiat Adebule, the APC governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, and other prominent members of the party.
Several people were injured in the violence, including two journalists who sustained bullet wounds.
NAN correspondent who was at the venue could not ascertain if there was any loss of life as of the time of filing this report.
In the ensuing confusion, many people were dispossessed of their phones, money and other valuables by opportunistic pick-pockets and other criminals.
NAN reports that a large number of party faithful were seen trekking to their various homes as there was a heavy vehicular traffic in the area because of the violence.