Seven of the suspects were recently caught for violating the curfew and directed to drive their vehicles to the parking lot in Remera, but they disregarded the orders and instead decided to speed off.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera, who warned against “disrespecting Police officers and undermining Police orders,” said the escapees were located and arrested separately.
Three other suspects, including a cab driver, were arrested on Tuesday night after they lied to the Police in Nyarugunga that they were rushing to Nyamirambo to pick an expecting mother.
The cab driver identified as Jérémie Munyaneza had just picked a client from Special Economic Zone taking him to Nyamirambo when they were stopped at a Police roadblock in Nyarugunga at about 10 PM.
“Since the client was headed to Nyamirambo, I decided to lie to the Police that we were going to pick his wife, who was in labour so as to evade the arrest,” Munyaneza explained.
He added: “We were let go but we realized that we were being trailed by the Police. We hatched a plan; my client [François Nshimiyumukiza] called his neighbor, a woman, and convinced her to act as his wife and in labour.”
The would-be wife and expecting mother, however, decided to tell the truth after she was questioned.
“Nshimiyumukiza called and asked me to act as his expecting spouse; I didn’t know what he was up to. When Police stopped us, I first stuck to the plan but I later realized that what I was doing was not right, I decided to tell the truth,” Delphine Mukanirenganya said.
Meanwhile, another suspect is a driver at Kibuye hospital in Karongi District identified as Eric Nkundimana. Nkundimana had just dropped a nurse at the National Reference Laboratory in Kigali when he started transporting people during curfew hours.
He was also arrested in Nyamirambo at about 10:30 pm with three people on board, whom he was taking to their respective homes.
CP Kabera warned people, who misuse their privileges to undermine government directives.
“Whatever you do, use your position in the right way and the vehicle for the intended purpose, contrary to that you will be arrested,” CP Kabera warned.
He further cautioned people, who violate the curfew and decide to lie or subvert Police orders.
“First and foremost, we expect everyone to be home by 9 PM; beyond that and with no valid reason, you will be arrested for violating the curfew. However, when you are stopped, lying or subverting Police orders is also an offence and you will be held accountable,” CP Kabera warned.