RNP Spokesperson, ACP Boniface Rutikanga has told IGIHE that Nsengimana was shot dead on the evening of Monday, October 2, 2023 while leading security officials to the location where he had concealed the stolen items.
"He was among those recently apprehended for vandalizing infrastructure and stealing electricity wires. He was awaiting justice. He had agreed to reveal the whereabouts of some of the stolen wires, but it seems it was a ploy to find a way to escape. That’s when he was shot dead while attempting to flee," noted ACP Rutikanga.
Another individual suspected of the same crime was shot dead not long ago in Muhanga District after allegedly assaulting police officers with a machete.
ACP Rutikanga emphasized that both suspects’ cases are linked, as they had committed the same crime and showed reluctance to face the consequences of their actions.
"When they choose this path, it hinders our ability to obtain valuable information from them that could lead us to apprehending more criminals," he added.
ACP Rutikanga further explained that investigations are always carried out to ascertain the circumstances surrounding such shooting incidents since resorting to lethal force is not the primary option.
He also called on citizens to refrain from resisting security officials and instead cooperate, accept the legal process, or provide information that can help in the arrest of additional suspects.
The police have been conducting operations to combat the vandalism of public infrastructure and the theft of electricity wires. Individuals found innocent after thorough investigations are released, while other suspects are brought before the court.