Collaboration of Police with local population results in arrest of five people separately in Nyagatare and Gasabo districts in connection with circulating fake monies last weekend.

Police says two of them are from Nyagatare with fake notes amounting Rwf615, 000; while three others were arrested at a bar in Gatsata – Gasabo – with counterfeit notes valued at Rwf10, 000 and US$50.

Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson in Kigali talks of the trio: Boniface Uwimana, Jackson Nzayituriki and Edward Nsanzimana. These were drinking at a bar in Gatsata on Saturday, and tried to clear their bill with the counterfeit notes; the vigilant bar attendant was quick to notice and informed Irondo patrol in the area.

“The Irondo patrol immediately reported the matter to the Sector, then the police. In short time police was there and arrested the three suspects with the fake monies,” says Supt Hitayezu.

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Meanwhile, in Nyagatare, Patrick Rukangura, 26, and Miran Ngendahayo 24, were apprehended by residents in Shonga – Tabagwe Sector – who handed them over to the Police, according to the spokesperson in Eastern Province, IP Emmanuel Kayigi.

“Rukangura had Rwf485000 while Ngendahayo had Rwf130, 000. They both went to a telecom banking agent to defraud her to deposit the fake monies on their mobile accounts,” Kayigi says.

“The agent was vigilant and wise, after authenticating that the currency notes were all fake… she intelligently called people, who were around, who rounded them off until police officers arrived and took up the case,” he adds.

The spokespersons commended the vigilance of residents and fast information sharing to ensure that criminals are apprehended to face justice.

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Jean Baptiste Karegeya



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