There is pandemonium in Abuja as a video surfaced on Twitter showing a shootout in an open area of a location within the city centre.
The video clearly shows several parked cars, possibly abandoned, by a deserted road close to a junction, and a few people scampering helter-skelter.
The fumes from discharged teargas can be seen in the distance while sporadic gunshots can be heard, along with the screaming voices of some people taking cover around the area.
What exactly is the cause of this pandemonium in Abuja?
It has been confirmed that this violence erupted as a result of a clash between the police and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shi’ites.
The IMN staged a protest on Tuesday close to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) junction in Maitama, demanding for the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife unconditionally.
Hell broke loose when a posse of policemen around the Transcorp Hilton junction saw the protesters and fired teargas and live bullets at them.
One of the protesters was shot in the stomach and many others were left injured.
Abuja, the Federal Capital of the Nation, is known for its relative peace and calm. This disturbance piercing through the serenity of the city has definitely raised a lot of concern about the security of the seat of power in the country.