Makurdi - The Benue Police Command on Friday said two bodies with wounds suspected to be gun shots, had been recovered at Annune and Adaka villages near Makurdi.
Its Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ezeala, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi that the corpses were discovered by men of the Anti- Riot squad who were drafted to the area to maintain peace and order.
He, however, denied claims by residents of Adaka village that Fulani herdsmen had invaded the village and were killing Tiv people.
Ezeala said the claims were ``unfounded''. ``What actually happened was that some of the villagers saw two armed men at Adaka village and got panicky.
``some of them started fleeing the village,'' the police officer said.
Ezeala said the command had since deployed its anti-riot squad to forestall any break down of law and order in the area.
The spokesman said that normalcy had since been restored while the villagers had already returned to their homes.
But some of the villagers, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however disagreed with the claims that normalcy had returned to the area.
Three women, Mzamber Adaka, Patricia Agema and Rose Ngbata, told NAN that the armed men were ``still in the village''.
``The armed men are still attacking people.
``We fled the village to Adeekke because we some of our people had been killed and the dead bodies left on the streets,'' the fear-stricken women told NAN.
Our correspondent found that other villagers had fled to the neighbouring settlements.
NAN also reports that gunmen had persistently invaded some Tiv settlements on the border line with Nasarawa, leading to clashes that often result to several casualties, mostly women and children.