Nine people have been killed in attacks on villages in Katsina-Ala Local Government area in Benue state, on Friday.
The Benue State Police Command spokesman, DSP Moses Yamu, said: “We got information that some militia suspected to be of Shitile, attacked Tse Ujoh village of Ikyurav-Tiev council ward where nine people were killed.”
The attacks were said to have started on Friday morning.
Governor Samuel Ortom described the attack as “unacceptable”, urging security agencies to step up their game.
The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, assured the people of Katsina-Ala that steps had been taken to prevent further attacks in the area, adding that three persons had been arrested in connection with the attack.
The statement added: “Governor Ortom reassured the people of the state that his administration will not allow armed militia to continue to terrorise communities.
“He encouraged anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the gang to contact the police, Department of State Services or the military.