The Police Public Relations Officer, Cornelius Ocholi (ASP), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia on Friday that trouble started on Tuesday when armed men suspected to be herdsmen, invaded the area killing two persons.
He said the situation was brought under control following the prompt response of security agents deployed to the area.
Ocholi added that the situation took a different dimension on Thursday as the suspected assailants, numbering more than 100 invaded another part of the village and shot dead eight persons, burnt down houses and farm produce.
He said the situation had been brought under control as more security men had been deployed to the area to secure it.
Ocholi could not confirm the number of arrest made.
“As we speak, more than 10 patrol vehicles have been deployed to the area for surveillance and about 100 mobile policemen from the mobile unit in Akwanga have been drafted to restore peace in the area.
Ocholi said the state police commissioner, Abayomi Akeremale, accompanied Gov. Umaru Almakura and other security chiefs in the state to the area on Thursday for an on-the-spot assessment of the crisis.
He said the commissioner suggested the establishment of a mobile police station in the area to maintain peace.
Meanwhile, Almakura has given the assurance that his administration would bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
Almakura said government was seriously disturbed over the situation and promised to establish mobile police units in all flash points across the state as part of measures to checkmate future occurrence.
NAN reports that the southern part of the state has been engulfed in crisis between farmers and herdsmen resulting in the death of some persons following reprisals.
A 10- man peace committee that was set up by the Benue and Nasarawa governments to find a lasting solution to the crises in the border communities is expected to submit its report this month.