Amongst the rows of dead bodies in Gwaska, in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state, were children under the age of 10.
Gwaska residents say Saturday's attackers used to be cattle thieves but had turned to banditry in the region's remote villages, BBC reports. They also completely burnt down many houses in Gwaska village where they spent over three hours.
A member of the Birnin-Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance who preferred not to be named said the casualties could be more than 27, noting they would get the exact number after the evacuation of all the bodies on Sunday.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, while speaking on behalf of the governor in a statement said the Governor expressed concern over the incessant banditry and has been engaging the Federal Government on the matter.
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"We are aware of the attack in Birnin-Gwari and we have launched an investigation into the incident in which people were killed".
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He said, "to contain the situation, the military will be stationing a permanent Army battalion in Birnin-Gwari".
"The engagements between the state and federal governments have yielded results".
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticised for failing to curb the violence, which is becoming a key election issue ahead of the upcoming presidential polls in 2018.
"The new security arrangements also involve policing".
"The State Emergency Management Agency, has also been directed to provide relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities".