At least 26 cows that were recovered in Rwanda after they were stolen in the neighbouring country of Tanzania, were yesterday handed over to the rightful owner, who was in company of local leaders from Tanzania including the District Administrative Secretary of Ngara District, Vincent Tibaijuka.
Others present included the DPC of Kirehe, Supt James Rutaremara and his counterpart of Ngara, Senior Supt. Abel Maiga.
Tibaijuka lauded Rwandan authorities and Rwanda National Police in particular for the professionalism and fighting cross-border crimes.
He noted that such an act signifies the importance of cross-border cooperation and strengthen the existing formal partnership between the two institutions following the signing of the cooperation act to partner in various policing fields, at the beginning of this year.
Police spokesperson, Inspector of Police(IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, said that following reports of the theft in Tanzania in the night of April 20, they stayed on alert.
“We received information that the suspected thieves had crossed into Rwanda through Gitoma bridge to Mahama Sector, where they were intercepted. The owner in Tanzania was later informed and handed them back to him,” said Kayigi.
IP Kayigi said warned that Rwanda can’t be a destination for stolen or illegal goods and lauded the role of the public in fighting and preventing crimes, and arresting suspected criminals, through timely information sharing.