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Man arrested for vandalizing fiber-optic cables

By IGIHE
On 6 October 2021 at 06:33

On Monday, October 4, Rwanda National Police (RNP) arrested a man in Rusizi District identified as Emmanuel Habimana, 23, for allegedly vandalizing fiber optic internet cables.

Habimana was arrested in Karambo Village, Cyangugu Cell, Kamembe Sector with two fiber optic cables, which he unearthed.

The Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi said that information about Habimana acts of vandalism and theft of fiber-optic internet cables was provided by residents.

"Some areas residents saw Habimana in the bush digging and they became suspicious. When they approached him, the found that he was exhuming under-ground internet cables. They called the Police and the suspect was put into custody. He had already vandalized and stolen 8 metres of the fiber optic cables, which he was caught with," CIP Karekezi said.

Habimana did not divelge further information on where he was to take the cables of other people involved.

CIP Karekezi commended residents, who shared information leading to the arrest of the suspect. He further said that investigations are still underway to identify and bring to justice those that Habimana was working with.

The spokesperson appealed to the public to protect such infrastructures and to report any sort of vandalism.

The suspect was handed over to RIB at Kamembe for further legal process.

Article 182 of the law relating to offences and penalties in general states, “any person, who maliciously demolishes or damages in any way, in whole or in part of construction, building, bridge, dams, water pipes and their routes, railway rails or any other means of communication or electric power infrastructure, wells or any other constructions, which do not belong to him/her, commits an offence."

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than three (3) years and not more than five (5) years with a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million.


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