About 15 people were arrested in the Jiri community of Anambra East Local Government Area, the hometown of former Governor Willie Obiano.
The arrest came in the wake of a clash between clerics and police in the area.
A source said that gunmen stormed the village around 11 am on Sunday and started shooting at each other, causing the residents to flee.
The gunmen are suspected of belonging to a rival group. The police entered and engaged them in a duel of firearms.
A source said that no lives were lost, but many people were injured to varying degrees as a result of the gunfire.
Upon contact, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed the incident.
But he refuted the claim that policemen were injured, adding that some sectarians had been arrested.
According to the Child Rights Protection Bureau: “The situation was brought under control, under the guidance of the Police Commissioner, Icheng Icheng. The Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of operations led police officers to the scene and prevented the youths from attacking the station.”
He confirmed that more than 15 people were arrested and some dangerous weapons were seized.
He confirmed that the police are exploring ways to resolve the conflict, including calling for an altercation between the affected youths.
“We have also intensified patrols in the area with the aim of enhancing peace and security,” he said.
15 arrested as sectarian, clashes between police in the community of Obiano