BREAKING: Clashes break out between supporters of rival political groups at Labour Party headquarters

An angry mob suspected to be thugs loyal to the National Chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Julius Abure, on Monday attacked protesters, believed to be from the Edo State chapter, who were at the party’s Abuja national secretariat to demand Abure’s removal.

Trouble started when the anti-Abure protesters stormed the party headquarters in a number of vehicles, wielding placards and chanting solidarity songs.

After some of the protesters stepped out of one of the vehicles, the suspected thugs descended on the vehicles with sticks and other objects, forcing the drivers to take off.

However, armed policemen and operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, waded in when the thugs started throwing stones into the nearby Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, chasing away newsmen who were covering the fracas.

The presence of security officials prevented the situation from further degenerating.

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