About 8 Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Abagana IDP camp in Makurdi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state were on Monday night shot to death by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Others say the figures of the dead could be higher.
The incident , however, led to protests, where by youths and some displaced persons blocked the Lafia/Makurdi highway and insisted that troops posted to keep the peace should leave the state.
Some of the IDPs lamented the recent posting of the new leadership of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), arguing that the attacks on people of the state has trembled in the last few weeks the posting was made.
Governor Samuel Ortom had to drive to the area and calm frayed nerves before the youths, opened the road to traffic.