Rusizi man arrested in connection with unlawful sale of fuel

On 29 August 2019 at 10:42

A man identified as Faustin Ntibaziyabaremye, 39, was on Tuesday arrested in the Rusizi district in connection with unlawful sale of fuel.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kayigi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that Ntibaziyabaremye was taken into custody after Police recovered 19 jerrycans of diesel in his house located in Rwimbogo Sector, Karenge Cell in Nyabihanga Village.

“There was information from residents and community security personnel that Ntibaziyabaremye runs a fuel business, which is illegal and security concern to neighbors,” CIP Kayigi said.

“On August 27, at about 8 pm, Police officers and DASSO personnel in Rwimbogo Sector caught the suspect red-handed at his house with 280 liters (19 jerrycans). His two accomplices, whose identities are known, are yet to be arrested,” he added.

“The law is clear; such petroleum products like petrol, diesel, and kerosene are strictly sold at petrol stations not in houses or elsewhere. Regulations of how these petroleum products are packaged, transported and stored are all standards meant to ensure quality and safety since these are inflammable products, which can ignite fire… it can be a disaster to people in the same house or area,” the spokesperson explained.

He thanked those, who provided information on the “unlawful and dangerous business,” and called for continued partnership against lawlessness.

Police has warned against unlawful trade in petroleum products and advised against keeping inflammable in houses to prevent likely disaster and loss of lives.

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

Article 22 also specifies the safety of petroleum products with respect to conditions related to “stores and other places exclusively reserved for the parking of petroleum and petroleum products tankers” determined by the competent authority,” to prevent causing accidents.