Edo State Police Command, on Friday, confirmed that some yet-to- be -dentified gunmen shot a senior police officer in the line of duty.
The command’s spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident on Friday in Benin, disclosed that the officer is an Area Commander.
Nwabuzor, who did not give the name of the officer, said that the gunmen shot the officer while responding to a distress call.
He, however, disclosed that the wounded officer was receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in Benin.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday at the popular Murtala Muhammed Way, by Third East Circular road junction in Benin.
But there were claims in some quarters that the police officer might have been hit by bullet in the course of taking on some cultists who have been terrorising parts of Edo state in the last one week.
Unconfirmed reports said that no fewer than four persons had been killed in the raging war of cultists in Benin City.