The Imo State Police Command on Friday, August 20 shot and killed a notorious armed bandit popularly known by his alias Bugatti in Nsu, Ehime Mbano LGA of the state.
The police personnel who carried out the operation also recovered a revolver pistol, said to have been stolen by Bugatti’s gang during last year’s nationwide EndSARS protest.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Michael Abatam, the police swooped on the hideout of Bugatti’s gang upon receipt of information from the operatives of the community’s vigilance group.
Abatam disclosed that the gang opened fire upon sighting the police operatives, an action that resulted in a fire fight.
The PPRO further disclosed that the police team during the resultant gun duel neutralized Bugatti and recovered the revolver pistol while two members of his gang fled with bullet wounds.
He said upon examination of the recovered revolver pistol, it was established that it was one of the police weapons carted away from the Ehime Mbano Divisional Police station during the EndSARS protest when some hoodlums broke into the station.
Abatam said; “Following the information received by the vigilante group of Nsu Community, on 20/08/2021 at about 1420 hours, that one of the notorious leader of an armed robbery gang and who is in the wanted list of the community, popularly known as “Bugatti”, whose gang has been terrorizing the Nsu Community in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State was sighted with two of his members in the community.
“The community’s vigilante group who has been working in synergy with the police, immediately alerted the police patrol team within the area and they moved to where the suspect and his gang were hiding in the bush.
“On sighting the security men, they opened fire. And during the gun duel, the gang leader of the group, “Bugatti ” was neutralised and his revolver pistol recovered to the station. While the other two suspects escaped with bullet wounds.
“When the a revolver pistol was checked, it was discovered that, it was one of the police Revolver Pistol that was carted away during the #ENDSARS saga when the Police Area Command Headquarters at Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State was attacked by hoodlums.
“Meanwhile, efforts are on to arrest the two suspects who escaped with bullets wounds and other members of the gang presently in hiding.”