Some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) were killed on Sunday at Abaji area of Kastina Ala local government area of Benue State.
The CJTF members were having a meeting at Tse-Igber village in Abaji community when gunmen stormed the venue on a motorcycle and opened fire.
Ten CJTF members were killed on the spot, while the eleventh person sustained serious injury from the gunshots, Daily Trust reports.
The police, however, confirmed that nine persons lost their lives.
Police Public Relations Officer for Benue State Command said the incident happened at about 1:30pm while CJTF members converged at a village in Kastina Ala LGA.
Yamu reiterated eyewitness account that three armed men who rode on a motorcycle rained bullets on the gathering, killing nine of them instantly.
He urged residents in the area to remain calm as policemen have been drafted to ensure law and order.
The spokesman said the police would do everything possible to arrest the culprits.
Meanwhile, bodies of the deceased have been deposited at a morgue in Kastina-Ala.
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