Five communities in the Zurmi local government area of Zamfara State have been attacked by suspected bandits, killing at least 51 people.
Kadawa, Kwata, Maduba, Ganda Samu, Saulawa, and Askawa are among the communities.
Hundreds of residents have been displaced by the attacks, including women and children who have taken shelter in Dauran and Zurmi towns.
Residents reported armed motorbike gangs stormed their communities and fired at the people.
Armed men chased residents into their houses and onto farms, where they were shot dead.
There has been an increase in deadly raids on rural communities in Zurmi in recent weeks.
A group of aggrieved youths blocked the Gusau – Kaura Namoda – Zurmi road last week in protest of the unending killings committed by armed criminals.
The dwellers of rural communities in the local government staged a protest at the palace of Emir of Zurmi Alhaji Abubakar Atiku before then.
Dauran, a town about 10 km west of Zurmi town, the headquarters of the Zurmi local government area, has already received the bodies of slain residents.
“More bodies need to be recovered from the surrounding bushes, although efforts are being intensified to retrieve them so that they can be properly buried”
“There was an intense fear that the armed men might return and kill those performing the funeral rite as they have done in the past. “That is why we decided to ferry the bodies to the Dauran community.”
“We have buried 28 victims so far in our community. As I speak to you, we have just completed the funeral rites. A resident identified as Haruna told newsmen that the victims had been buried in mass graves.
A spokesman for the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, said the police had buried 14 bodies at Unguwar Gwaza cemetery in Gusau, the state capital.
Mr Hussaini Rabiu, the state commissioner of police, was at Dauran community and security operatives had been reinforced.