A police inspector attached to the Abia State Police Command headquarters in Umuahia, Amadi Kingdom, has been killed by unknown gunmen who also took away his rifle.
Eyewitnesses said the hoodlums waylaid the policeman while returning from an official assignment at about 5:00 a.m. on Saturday.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon, who confirmed the incident to journalists, said the deceased was on his way to the office to return the rifle with which he went for official duty when the armed men struck.
He told journalists the hoodlums shot the officer in the stomach and he died instantly after which they took away his rifle.
Okon said: “On getting to a place called Ochendo bye-pass junction, unknown to the officer, some gunmen who laid an ambush, shot and killed him and also took away the officer’s rifle and fled.”
The police commissioner said the command has swung into action and would not leave any stone unturned in its quest to apprehend the hoodlums, recover the rifle and prosecute them.