Five people have been arrested separately in Nyagatare and Gasabo districts in connection with circulating counterfeit money.
At least two were arrested in 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, police said.
Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, said that the trio; Boniface Uwimana, Jackson Nzayituriki and Edward Nsanzimana, while drinking at a bar in Gatsata on Saturday, tried to clear their bill with the counterfeit notes, but 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, who also informed the police, and they arrived shortly after and arrested the three suspects with the fake monies,” Supt. Hitayezu said.
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, Police spokesperson for the Eastern Province, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, said.
“Rukangura had Rwf 485,000 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,” said IP Kayigi.
“The agent was vigilant and wise, because 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 added.
The spokespersons commended the vigilance of the would be victims and immediate response of the residents and fast information sharing to ensure that criminals are apprehended to face justice.