The Benue State Police Command on Friday confirmed the killing of nine villagers and injuring of many others by gunmen.
The gunmen carried out the attack in Tse Ujoh village in Ikyurav-Tiev, Katsina Alla Local Government Area of Benue State.
The incident came after a botched attempt, a few weeks ago, by a group of gunmen to attack the residence of Major General John Malu.
The invaders had been repelled by soldiers attached to the army chief, who is a younger brother to a former Chief of Army Staff, late General Victor Malu.
But they struck again in the early hours of Friday, killing nine persons and injuring several others.
The development was confirmed by Governor Samuel Ortom, who described it as unacceptable.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Ortom said troops had been deployed in the affected area.
The statement said: “Governor Ortom reassured the people of the state that his administration will not allow armed militias to continue to terrorise communities.
“He encouraged anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the gang members to contact the police, Department of State Services or the military.”
The spokesman of the state police command, Moses Yamu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed that nine people were killed in the attack.
“We got information that some militias suspected to be of Shitile (a sub-tribe) attacked Tse Ujoh village of Ikyurav-Tiev council ward where nine people were killed,” Yamu said.