He said that the incident occurred at about 2.45 pm at a police road block near Ugwunwasike Roundabout in Ogidi, where a police team was conducting “stop and search”.
An eyewitness had told NAN that the armed men took the policeman unawares as they rode straight and shot him at a close range while he was flagging down a vehicle for a search.
“Other policemen who were with him took cover on hearing the gun shots while the armed men escaped,” the source said.
NAN gathered that the incident, which happened within minutes, caused people in the vicinity, including motorists and commuters, to abandon their vehicles and scamper for safety.
The DPO said that the remains of the late inspector had been deposited at Iyi-Enu Hospital’s mortuary.
He said that the police had commenced an investigation into the incident.