According to the local reports, seven people in four communities of Awe, Nasarawa State, a border town with Benue State, were killed in the attacks launched by gunmen at the weekend.
It has been gathered that the attackers first stormed Iordye, a village in Benue State, then proceeded to Nasarawa, where they went on a murderous spree, burning down houses.
Displaced persons are now taking refuge in other parts of the state.
Peter Igbache, a youth leader of Tiv people of Nasarawa State alleged that Fulani mercenaries carried out the attacks, killing not less than seven Tiv people.
"Fulanis entered our settlements with heavy weapons, and killed people, just as they burnt houses and vehicles. They killed an aide to a commissioner in the state. The commissioner also lost three relatives in the attack. We are disappointed with the attitude of security agencies, especially the police who did not react appropriately," he said.
But Mohammed Hussain, the state secretary of Miyetti Allah, a Fulani socio-cultural organization, denied the allegation. He maintained that Tiv militia carried out the attack on Fulani settlements.
"Tiv militia came from Benue and attacked Fulani settlements and rustled cows in their hundreds. They attacked Jangargare and killed some Fulani people, and displaced many who are now taking refuge in other places. But the police refused to act," he said.
The state police spokesman, Cornelius Ocholi, denied that attacks took place in any part of Awe settlement at the weekend. He added that anti-riot policemen are stationed in Awe and other local government areas to complement the efforts of regular policemen in preventing crisis.