Nyagatare: Man arrested with over 200 litres of stolen diesel

On 19 September 2021 at 06:06

Police in collaboration with other security organs in Nyagatare District have arrested a man with 202 litres of stolen diesel. The diesel was reportedly stolen from Fair Construction Company, which is constructing Karangazi-Rwimiyaga road.

The fuel was recovered from one Danny Mugisha, 28, who was apprehended on Saturday, September 18. Mugisha was transporting jerrycans of diesel on a motorcycle before he was intercepted in Karushuga Village, Karushuga Cell, Rwimiyaga Sector.

The Eastern region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamduni Twizeyimana said that the suspect was arrested red-handed in the night at about 1am, transporting jerrycans of fuel on a motorcycle.

“Mugisha was transporting five jerrycans of diesel on his motorcycle, he was intercepted by officers on night patrol. The five jerrycans contained 100 litres of diesel. However, officers on night patrol had seen him earlier that night transporting other jerrycans. Following his arrest on the second route, Mugisha led the officers to where he had kept other quantities of diesel, where other five jerrycans and two bottles containing 102 litres were recovered in an old-unoccupied house located in Karushuga cell, Rwimiyaga sector," CIP Twizeyimana said.

On his part, Mugisha said that earlier that night, he received a call from people, whom he did not disclose, who were selling diesel.

"I met them in Ndama, Karangazi sector where I bought the diesel and this was the third time I was buying fuel from them," Mugisha said.

Mugisha along with the motorcycle were handed over to RIB at Rwimiyaga station for further legal process.

Article 166 of the law determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person convicted for theft is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than two years and a fine of not less than Rwf1 million and not more than Rwf2 million, community service in a period of six (6) months or only one of these penalties.

In article 167 the penalty for theft doubles if the theft is carried out during the night or by more than one (1) person.