Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
A rally for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari ended in fisticuffs in Abuja on Tuesday as the supporters clashed over souvenirs.
Hundreds of youths had arrived at the Eagle Square venue of the rally and things seemed to be going smoothly with music blaring out of huge speakers when the situation suddenly turned awry.
Trouble started when the souvenirs being distributed by the organisers did not go round, resulting in a protest by those who felt short-changed.
Those who missed out on the souvenirs engaged their counterparts in a brawl, which lasted for several minutes.
As the unruly youths hit one another with sticks and fists, the few dignitaries at the event quickly dashed out of their seats and left in their cars to avoid being caught in the chaos.
A number of the brawlers later left the square with torn shirts, swollen faces and bloodied noses.
The organisers could not be reached for comment as they all left the scene during the melee.
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