Suspected hoodlums in the early hours of Tuesday attacked policemen on patrol around Uratta area of Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia state, killing one police sergeant.
Our Correspondent gathered that the the suspected hoodlums, dressed in black regalia numbering about 20 were seen wielding dangerous weapons.
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The slain sergeant whose name was given as Okezie and hailed from Umuahia, was said to be on night patrol with some of his colleagues when they were attacked by the hoodlums at the Uratta Junction along the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway.
The cops were said to have been taken unaware by their attackers and they jumped out from the vehicle and ran in different directions to escape from the bullets of the gunmen.
However, the men of the underworld were reported to have pursued Sergeant Okezie to the premises of a nearby hotel and shot him dead.
After killing the policeman, the gunmen made away with his AK-47 rifle.
While confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Godfrey Ogbonna told our correspondent that a delegation led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede has been dispatched for an on-the-spot assessment.