A mobile policeman on escort duty was shot dead by gunmen on Friday along Jakpa Road, Effurun, in the Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the unknown gunmen carted away the service rifle of the cop after killing him.
Witnesses said that the deceased was shot repeatedly by the hoodlums as the vehicle of a yet-to-be-identified individual he was detailed to protect reportedly stopped along the road to purchase some items.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 2:30 pm.
According to sources, the incident caused pandemonium in the area thus forcing residents and shop owners along the busy Jakpa Road to flee for safety.
It was further gathered that the hoodlums waited until their target died before zooming off.
It was not clear if the bandits also attacked the individual that the slain mobile cop was meant to protect.
The rate of criminality especially in the Warri and Effurun axes of the state has been on the increase, a situation that forced the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to inaugurate a special security outfit, “Operation Delta Hawk”, on Thursday.
Recall that no fewer than five mobile policemen have been killed and their arms carted away within the past two months, in Delta State.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for the State Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident, but could not, however, give further details about the slain cop.