The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) convention was on Friday marred by violence, as gunshots echoed through the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.
The convention, aimed at electing new national leaders to represent students from tertiary institutions across Nigeria, devolved into a scene of panic and disorder.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY gathered that the shootings, which started on Thursday, continued on Friday at the venue of the convention, located close to the Defense Headquarters, Abuja.
Amid the clamor for leadership positions, clashes erupted between supporters of a certain candidate and opposition delegates. The shootings were said to have started after thugs loyal to a particular candidate began attacking opposition delegates.
The turmoil which escalated, with some students sustaining gunshots and machetes wounds, compelled security agencies to intervene and restore order.
Viral videos on social media captured the fear and chaos, showing students fleeing the scene in terror.
Injured delegates were rushed to the National hospital in Abuja. But while protesting the alleged delay in medical treatment for their injured colleagues, some persons purported to be Students, stormed the hospital, causing patients to flee their wards amidst the heightened tension.
After the volatile incident, delegates convened at an undisclosed location to deliberate on future actions and possibly reconvene on Saturday.
The election is crucial in the transition of power within NANS, with Pendro Obi Chibuzor and Lucky Omonefe being the main contenders aiming to succeed the outgoing president, Usman Barambo.