The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Abraka in Delta, Steve Chigbufue, and four other policemen have been killed on Monday by suspected armed robbers at Igbodo in Ika North Local Government Area of the state.
The police however shot dead five members of the gang in a counter attack.
Charles Muka, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, speaking in Asaba said that the policemen were killed while on their way to the state Police Command for a meeting.
He said the deceased ran into the suspects who were on robbery operation at Igbodo and were killed on the spot by the gang.
The police spokesman said the gang had earlier attacked a commercial bank located at Ibusa market in Oshinili North Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Muka said that the police had to send for reinforcement from Asaba before succeeding in killing five of the suspected armed robbers in a shoot-out.