The Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division in Rivers State, SP Bako Angbashim has been killed in action.
The incident which occurred in the late hours of Friday, followed reports of a shootout between policemen on operation and members of a notorious cult group in Odeimude community of Ahoada East.
According to sources familiar with the situation, SP Bako and his men were engaged in a fierce gun battle with a notorious cult leader in the area called 2baba when they reportedly ran out of ammunition, in the absence of any reinforcements, the policemen beat a tactical retreat but unfortunately the DPO who had suffered bullet wounds during the exchange was captured by the cultists, while a police informant who was injured is being treated in an undisclosed location.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nwonyi Emeka, has expressed deep determination to bring the perpetrators of the heinous act to justice.
Nwonyi said an extensive investigation was underway to uncover the circumstances surrounding the tragic event.