Notorious Masaka robber arrested

On 16 October 2019 at 09:52

Law enforcement officers in Kicukiro District have arrested a suspected notorious robber that has been disguising as a taxi-motor operator but in the process snatching his passengers’ belongings.

Theogene Nsabimana, 40, was arrested Monday in Gitaraga Cell, Masaka Sector in Kicukiro District following several complaints from victims, some of who were his passengers while others fell victims of his sporadic ambushes in late hours of the night along different pathways in the cell.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali has said that law enforcement agencies and the cooperative of motorcyclists in Masaka have been working together to locate and arrest Nsabimana and two others still at large said to be part of the gang.

“We understand that Nsabimana was working with other two people to grab bags and other belongings, especially from women and girls. All the victims described Nsabimana and two other men still at large, as their attackers,” CIP Umutesi said.

Following the arrest of Nsabimana, a number of his victims showed up and indeed identified him as one of the men, who attacked them and stole their belongings that included mobile phones and money.

Most of the victims are women from Gitagara and Rusheshe cells in Masaka, who would be attacked on their way from Biryogo market. It is the second time he has been arrested over the alleged criminal acts.

Meanwhile, the cooperative of commercial motorcyclists in Masaka also said that Nsabimana was not a registered motorcyclist and that “such unregistered members take advantage of their being incognito to steal from their passengers.”

The federation of motorcycle cooperatives—FERWACOTAMO—is building a database and registering every commercial motorcyclist and owners of motorcycles, including installation of GPS, to help trace implicated wrongdoers, keep records of their members’ behavior and help them to take action against errant members.