Four villages were attacked by armed men in Erena in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, between the late hours of Monday and early hours of Tuesday.
This was confirmed by the spokesman for the State Police Command, Abubakar Dan-Inna, confirmed the incident in an interview with Channels Television.
He, however, could not give the casualty figure recorded, noting that the details on the attack were still sketchy.
Dan-Inna blamed bad terrain as a major challenge to security operations in the area.
A member of the community, identifed as Yahuza Erena, confirmed that at least five persons were killed by the attackers.
According to him, the gunmen numbering over 50 attacked the villages one after the other in the night of Monday and the early hours of Tuesday, wreaking havoc in the communities.
Erena said no fewer than 130 cows were rustled by the gunmen, in addition to farm produce, money and other valuables that they made away with.
He explained that during the attacks, several other villagers sustained various degrees of injuries from gunshots.