Nyarugenge: Police arrest two over theft of fuel from vehicles

On 4 April 2023 at 08:00

Two people were arrested on Monday, April 3, in Nyabugogo, Muhima sector of Nyarugenge District in connection with stealing fuel from parked vehicles and selling it on black market.

The duo was at the time found in possession of 100 litres of diesel, which they had siphoned from a parked truck in Kicukiro District.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said that the duo was arrested at about 09:30a.m. after reports from the people.

"Earlier that night, they siphoned 100 litres of diesel from a Howo truck, which was parked at Kicukiro centre, loaded five jerrycans of diesel in another vehicle and left.

Following information on the criminal act, Police trailed them and intercepted them along Muhima-Nyabugogo road in Nyarugenge District," CIP Twajamahoro said.

One of the suspects is a turnboy of the Howo truck, who hired another vehicle to transport the stolen fuel to Nyabugogo.

The second suspect is a driver, whom the turnboy had paid Frw20,000 to transport the stolen fuel. They were handed over to RIB at Muhima station.

CIP Twajamahoro thanked those who reported the illegal act and lauded the impact of neighborhood watch against lawlessness.

He further warned against illegal sell of petroleum products.

Article 6 of Law No 85/2013 of 11/9/2013 regulating petroleum and petroleum products trade in Rwanda provides that; any person, who shall perform any type of petroleum and petroleum products trade shall have a license from the competent Authority.

In article 22, the petroleum and petroleum products stores and other places exclusively reserved for the parking of petroleum and petroleum products tankers shall be determined by the competent authority.

Article 166 of law determining offences and penalties in general states that; any person convicted of 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 Frw1 million and not more than Frw2 million, community service in a period of six months or only one of these penalties.

Article 167 provides a double penalty, if the offender committed the crime through burglary, climbing or possession of keys other than the owner; the theft is carried out during the night or the theft is carried out by more than one person.