Four men who were masquerading as Police officers to defraud unsuspecting people were arrested on October 11, in Kamonyi District.
The Police spokesperson for Southern Province, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi confirmed that the quartet was apprehended in Ruyenzi trading centre in Runda Sector where they were at the time attempting to defraud commercial motorcyclists.
He identified the suspects as Jean Marie Vianney Tuyisenge ,22, Eugene Ndacyayisenga ,24, Theoneste Mutangana ,27 and Pacifique Twiringiyimana ,26.
“At about 10am the five men went to Ruyenzi centre at the motorcycle stage introduced themselves to motorcyclists as Police officers,” CIP Karekezi said.
He added: “They started checking the mechanical status of each motorcycle and asking each of them to produce traffic related documents and would demand not less than Rwf10000 from anyone without one of the things they were asking as means to avoid further penalties.”
Out of suspicion, Karekezi said, one of the commercial motorcyclists decided to make a phone call to Runda Police station to “confirm if what the five men were doing was illegal or if they’re actually police officers.”
“Police officers from Runda Police station were immediately dispatched and they arrested them red-handed although the fifth suspect managed to escape.”
“It is said that all the suspect’s had travelled from Kigali to execute their criminal plan in Runda where they hoped they would not be arrested.
The spokesperson called for vigilance against such tricks used by criminal minds and always be quick to call the Police or other responsible entities to be very sure that what they’re doing is legal, to avoid falling prey.