Intense gunfire between rival youth groups has been reported in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt.
The face-off occurred at the Secretariat Complex which houses several Government Ministries and parastatals.
The shooting which erupted a few hours ago scared both civil servants and visitors, with most people within the vicinity taking to their heels to escape being hit by bullets.
According to information,  the Head of Service had attempted to mediate between disagreeing factions in the Bille community.
Unknown to officials, supporters of both sides entered the Government establishment with arms and ammunition.
Eyewitnesses told this publication that some people sustained seriously injuries during the deadly encounte.
Meanwhile, calm has returned to the area, following the immediate intervention of anti-riot policemen who quelled what could have turned bloodl