According to reports, 50 homes were destroyed in the attacks in Gashish district of Plateau State.
“Eighty-six persons all together were killed, six people injured, fifty houses burnt,” police spokesman Terna Tyopev was quoted as saying in local media reports.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari posted a message on Twitter sending condolences to those affected and appealing for calm.
“The grievous loss of lives and property arising from the killings in Plateau today is painful and regrettable,” he said.
“We will not rest until all murderers and criminal elements and their sponsors are incapacitated and brought to justice,” Buhari said.