The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Umar Shehu, in Lafia said that the village was attacked on Tuesday and that no arrest had been made.
He said that investigation into the matter had commenced.
It was learnt that houses, cars and motorcycles were also burnt and the cause of the attack was not yet known.
The Spokesman of Ekye Development Area, Mr Mustapha Ayaga, told NAN that the death toll in recurring attacks in the area had risen to 40.
Ayaga said that the attackers dressed in a uniform had sophisticated weapons, including AK-47 and explosives.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Damshi Luka, has since visited the village to assess the incident. (NAN)