Armed bandits attacked villages around Gandi in Rabah area of Sokoto State, killing an unspecified number of people.
Also some villages in the area were razed by the attackers and residents displaced.
Cordelia Nwewe, Police Public Relations Officer, Sokoto Police Command, said that the Commissioner of Police, Muritala Mani and the medical personnel from the state had moved to Rabah area to assess the situation and ascertain how many people were affected.
Nwewe said further information would be communicated as soon as the Commissioner of Police returns.
Nwewe told said that at least eight persons were feared dead during the fracas, including an elderly person who the bandits went to kidnap.
Nwewe said investigation was still ongoing.