Gunmen attacked Maikatako, a small community in the Bokkos local government area of the Plateau State, leaving about nine persons dead.
This was confirmed by the Plateau State Police Command on Wednesday.
The assailants stormed the village at night on Tuesday leaving scores of people severely injured after killing others.
A resident of the community who identified himself as Godwin Malan told newsmen that the victims of the incident are mostly women and children.
He said vigilantes were able to repel the attackers, but that they had already burnt a compound and no one knew that people were still inside the compound.
“The casualties were from that compound. The community contacted security, and they came but it was already late,” Malan said.
Confirming the incident in a statement on Wednesday morning, the State Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, DSP Alfred Alabo said “It is true that an incident happened there, the DPO there responded with his team and were able to push back the bandits but some people sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.
“As of yesterday, about seven people with gunshot wounds were taken to the hospital, our men are still tracing the bandits so I can’t reach the DPO on phone for an update. I don’t want to give inaccurate information but once I speak with the DPO about the death of some people, I will let you know.”