Hon Francis Olofu Ogwuche, chairman Okpokwu council told the Governor he had earlier visited the community for a peace meeting.
According to him, shortly after he left the place he received a distress call that Fulani men have invaded the area killing and maiming children and women.
He said he immediately mobilised security agencies to the scene but the attackers had already fled leaving death and destruction of properties.
Gov Ortom condemned the attack on this community and charged security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
The community has been deserted for fear of further attacks and the dead bodies have been deposited at the morgue of a government medical facility at Okpoga.
The survivors among them women and children are been treated at various hospitals .
Okpokwu is in Benue south senatorial zone and the country home of former Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Morro.
Police spokesman DSP Moses Yamu said only 15 people have been killed and police are on top of the investigation