A mobile Police Sergeant and civilian have been killed by gunmen who invaded a police checkpoint in Eku, Ethiope East council area of Delta on Friday.

It was gathered one police rifle was stolen in the incident, which happened around 9 pm.

It was learnt the civilians usually helped the operatives to light lamps in the evenings.

Sources claimed the hoodlums shot sporadically as they approached the police officers in a Toyota Picnic vehicle.

The deceased officer was reportedly shot in the head while the civilian sustained two gunshot injuries and died in a hospital.

When contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident, adding that the other officers were unharmed.

She said: “Yes, it is true. A rifle was taken”

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