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Fighting smuggling: Six arrested in Nyabihu
Published on 14-07-2016 - at 01:55' by Police

Six people, five of them women have been arrested in Nyabihu District in a police intensified operation against smuggling and fraud.

Supt. Alex Fata, the District Police Commander of Nyabihu said the suspected smugglers were arrested in two separate “targeted police operations” on July 12 in Mukamira Sector.

He identified the suspects as Viviane Mukamurenzi and Harima Mushimiyimana, who were arrested in Gisenyi Village of Jaba Cell Mukamira Sector.

Others are Christine Nyirankundumukiza, Ismael Havugimana, Asha Umutesi and Amina Uwamahoro, who were intercepted at a Police checkpoint in Rugeshi Cell Mukamira Sector.

“In both separate successful operations, we had received information from passengers in public vehicles they were traveling in and that’s how easier we were able to know their identities and their illegal luggage,” said Supt. Fata.

Mukamurenzi and Mushimiyimana, who are said to have been traveling from the DR Congo through an illegal border post in Rubavu, were found in possession of 460 pieces of Diprossor and 170 pieces of Epiderm Crème, both banned bleaching lotion in Rwanda, 22 bottles of Wild Wolf Plus beer and 154 pieces of Salsa, a tomato paste.

Four others, who are said to have been traveling from Uganda, were found with jerrycans of cooking oil, 78 bottles of Novida, a non-alcoholic drink and clothes.

“When we got information on the case of those who were smuggling goods from Uganda, we stopped the vehicle at a roadblock we had erected but we found they had already off-loaded the goods and hid them but during interrogation, they admitted to the offence and guided police officers to a certain bar where they were recovered,” the DPC said.

“Nyabihu being a strategic route, smugglers and drug traffickers from either Uganda or DRC, we have intensified awareness and our operations facilitated by the public who provide us with credible information, we conduct snap checks, targeted operations as well as cordon and search,” he noted.



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