Almost 50 farmers are feared killed in ethnic clashes in Lafia, Obi and Awe local government areas of Nasarawa state.
Local sources say the attack began on Friday, while renewed attacks lasted until Sunday night.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa state command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed receiving a report about the attack on Friday.
He said upon receipt of the complaint, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, immediately deployed the Divisional Police Officer in Obi LGA to move to the scene where a corpse was recovered.
However, the state president of Tiv Development Association (TID), Peter Ahemba, who spoke to our correspondent, said over twenty corpses of his kinsmen were recovered across the three local government areas.
He listed the affected communities as Chabo, Daar, Tse-Udugh, Ayaakeke, Kyor-Chiha, Usual and Higher.
Others are Joor, Angwan, Ayaba, Tyungu and Ugba.
His words: “Over 5000 persons have been displaced across twelve communities, taking refuge in Obi and Agwatashi towns while some of them have relocated to their relatives in Lafia local government area of the state.
“Over twenty corpses have been recovered so far with the support of security agencies of both the military and the Nigeria Police Force, Nasarawa state command.
“Scores are still missing in the bush, and we don’t know whether they are alive or dead,” he said.
Meanwhile, another source said up to 5000 farmers across 12 communities have been displaced as a result of the attacks.
But according to the police, “While investigation was ongoing, a suspected reprisal attack was carried out by unknown persons in Hangar village, Lafia East Development Area in Lafia LGA and crossed over to the neighbouring Kwayero Village of Obi LGA.”