Three policemen have been shot dead by gunmen in Ughelli, headquarters of the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

NEWSNAIJA learned that the incident happened on Sunday at a fast-food spot located on the ever-busy East-West Road.

Eyewitnesses told journalists that the gunmen caught the policemen off guard and shot at them at close range.

The muggers reportedly fled the scene with the rifles of the policemen.

Recall that a new Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Benjamin Igometi, was newly posted to the Ughelli ‘A’ Division with a view to limiting the wave of criminal activities in the area.

DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya,  the  Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident and said an investigation had begun while efforts were being increased to arrest the fleeing gangsters.