The attackers opened fire on local residents in communities in the state.
A source said the attackers numbered “about 500” and burnt down 20 houses while an eyewitness claimed they were dressed in military fatigue and wielded AK-47 assault rifles.
The state’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala, confirmed the attack during a press conference on Thursday, March 15, and reported that police officers and other security operatives have been deployed to the area to restore order.
While many residents who fled for their lives remain unaccounted for, Bala declined to release casualty figures from the attack.
A resident believes that the attack might be a reprisal for a 2016 altercation that led to the death of four Fulani herdsmen.
Nigerians have been dealing with a spate of attacks carried out by suspected cattle herders with well over 200 victims dead since January 2018.