Police impersonator apprehended scamming motorcyclist

On 8 January 2020 at 03:35

Police in Gasabo District have arrested one Vital Tumayine, 30, who was guising as one of their own and defrauding motorists.

Tumayine was arrested on Monday in Rebero Village, Rugando Cell in Kimihurura Sector shortly after confiscating traffic documents from a taxi-moto operator identified as Francois Nsanzabaganwa.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said that information was provided by another motorcyclist after suspecting Tumayine to be a scammer.

“Tumayine found Nsanzabaganwa where he was parked in Busanza, Kanombe and required him to produce traffic-related documents, including a driver’s license, motorcycle insurance, and logbook, which he confiscated,” said CIP Umutesi.

Without telling him why he had confiscated his documents, Tumayine jumped on Nsanzabaganwa’s motorcycle and ordered him to ride to Kacyiru Police station.

“Fortunate enough, another motorcyclist, who was also parked there, out of suspicion, trailed them and told the whole story to traffic Police officers at Kisementi, who in turn relayed information to other officers along that axis, Tumayine was intercepted in Rugando, Kimihurura,” CIP Umutesi explained.

She commended the motorcyclist, who saved his colleague and facilitated the arrest of Tumayine.

“Tumayine could have used that trick to get free transport to Gisozi where he apparently lives or wanted to defraud the motorcyclist but he has been handed over to RIB for further investigations,” the spokesperson said.

She urged the general public to always be vigilant and report anything suspicious so as to fight such “criminal-minded individuals.”