A man suspected of impersonating a Police station commander with intent to defraud members of the public was arrested yesterday.
The suspect only identified as Ndayisaba was caught red-handed in Kigabiro Sector while receiving about Rwf100, 000 from the would-be victim.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Eastern region Police spokesperson, said that Ndayisaba heard the would-be victim identified as Jean de Dieu Nkundabarama lamenting about the detention of his brother and wondering how he could be of any help to have him released.
Both were having a drink in the same bar
“Ndayisaba, who was seated at a distance, called Nkundabarama outside and introduced himself as the commander for Kigabiro Police station where the latter’s relative is detained. The suspect then demanded Rwf100, 000 so as to release him,” CIP Kanamugire said.
Out of suspicion, Kanamugire said, the would-be victim talked to the bar owner inquiring if he knew the commander of the Police station in question.
“Good enough the bar owner knew their station commander, and they decided to call the Police. Ndayisaba was caught in the act receiving the money,” CIP Kanamugire said.
He commended the consciousness of the would-be victim and called for vigilance against such fraudsters.
“If someone has been arrested, he or she will be released by the law but not someone’s influence. Any attempt to secure someone’s release contrary to the law also brings you in conflict with the law,” Kanamugire warned.