Samson Inok, an eye witness while reacting to the incident said some naval officers came out of a nearby gutter and shot the policemen who were trying to escape from the Police Station.
A witness claimed that some naval officers did not stop at a red traffic light near the Calabar Stadium.
Nigerian Tribune reliably gathered that the police were already gearing up to launch a reprisal attack, having lost two of its men in the fight which happened on Tuesday night.
While some eyewitnesses said the naval officers not only ignored the policemen but also beat them up, others told newsmen that trouble started when the unidentified naval rating was shot in the left shoulder by policeman over the traffic offence.
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Following Tuesday's clash between the Navy and Police in Calabar, there are indications that the naval operatives used a General Purpose Machine Gun to bring down a section of the Akim Police Barracks in the Cross River State capital. "They were running for safety thinking that the naval men were far away", he said. He condoled with the two agencies and promised adequate compensation for victims.
According to Ayade, the unfortunate incident was as a result of a misunderstanding between some officers of the police and the Nigerian Navy.
The Commander, Nigerian Navy Victory ship, Commodore Salihu Jubril, said that the Navy authorities were saddened by the development and assured that those responsible for the violence would be fished out and dealt with.
A senior Nigerian police officer, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, confirmed the incident to the BBC. We are proud to announce to you that Calabar, and indeed Cross River is totally calm.