Ten people were said to have been killed and several houses burnt in fresh violence that erupted yesterday between the Fulani and Mummuye ethnic groups in Lau Local Council of Taraba State.
But the Police Public Relations Officer for the state, David Misal, said only six people were killed.
He said: “Since the Friday attack between the Fulani herdsmen and Mummuye farmers in Lushi, there have been reprisal attacks.
“For now, six persons were confirmed killed on both sides while several others have been arrested.”
Misal, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), also confirmed that 80 houses had been torched.
Since last Friday, there have been pockets of violence and reprisal attacks in some communities in the area.
The latest killings and destruction of property, including farmlands and domestic animals, is coming barely a week after the state governor, Darius Ishaku, was quoted in the media as urging Christians across the country to rise up and defend themselves against terrorists before they are annihilated.
The governor was said to have made the call in Jalingo during a thanksgiving service organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to celebrate new year and to pray for victims of Southern Kaduna massacre and other victims of terrorism across the country.