Many people are feared dead and property destroyed as members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) clashed with security men.
It was gathered that the crisis started last week when IPOB members, the police and army clashed.
Some security men were said to have been killed then.
The security agencies were said to have planned a reprisal.
Witnesses report sporadic shooting and residents took cover to avoid stray bullets. The shooting was heard as far as neighbouring communities of Okporo, Akata and Umutanze.
The soldiers were said to be drawn from the 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze