Pandemonium erupted at Omu-Aran in Kwara on Thursday when a police patrol team and some naval personnel attached to a retired former chief of naval staff engaged in a brawl.
The fighting, which started before mid-day made residents of the town to scamper for safety.
It took the extra effort of a military patrol team on a special assignment in the town to contain the fracas after more than 30 minutes of confusion.
canisters of tear gas were fired before the warring parties could be dispersed, a development that paralysed traffic in the town.
Vehicular movement on Aperan Way, the major road in the town, linking the state with the neighbouring Ekiti State, was blocked as a result of the fracas.
An eye-witness on condition of anonymity said that the police patrol team from the Omu-Aran Police Command accosted a navy personnel, who had escorted the wife of his boss to the market.
“I was standing right here and the police patrol team accosted the navy personnel, who had come to the market with wife of retired Vice-Adm. Samuel Afolayan.
“I think there was a kind of misunderstanding between them and within a few seconds the disagreement had turned into a physical combat before the intervention of the army,” the source said.
Confirming the report, Mr Adamu Zawah, the Divisional Police Officer in Omu-Aran, described the incident as unfortunate, saying that the situation had been put under control.
Zawah urged residents of the community to resume their normal business activities.
Some military personnel were seen at strategic locations in the town, in a bid to maintain law and order.