Nigeria, May 12 -- A police officer was killed on Wednesday by some gunmen in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The police spokesperson in the state, Odiko MacDon, confirmed the killing in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr MacDon identified the slain police officer as Edogi Bassey, a police constable.

The officer was said to have been killed while repelling the attacks, in the company of colleagues.

"At about 6:30 a.m. today, armed men, in their numbers, armed with AK 47 Rifles and other dangerous weapons, in two vehicles attacked the rented building housing the Etim Ekpo Area Command and Division," Mr MacDon said in the statement.

"The undaunted and vigilant Police Officers on duty, gallantly fought back, repelled them ...