The motorcycle, registration number RE 328S belonging to one Eric Nzabahimana, was allegedly stolen in the night of October 27, when he was ambushed by two men in Ntunga, along Rwamagana-Kigali highway.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, disclosed that the motorcycle was recovered on Monday in Kadasumbwa Village, Ntunga Cell of Mwulire Sector in Rwamagana, from the suspected thief identified as Damascene Niyitegeka, 36, who was also arrested.
“On October 27, Niyitegeka hired Nzabahimana in Rwamagana town to take him to Nyagasambu. When they reached Ntunga at about 9pm, Niyitegeka allegedly requested the rider to stop somewhere along the road, another man appeared from the nearby bush, and together with Niyitegeka they assaulted Nzabahimana before taking his motorcycle,” CIP Twizeyimana explained.
Nzabahimana immediately reported the theft to Ntunga Police station.
“The following day on October 28, residents of Ntunga called the Police after seeing a motorcycle in Niyitegeka’s house. He didn’t have a motorcycle, so they became suspicious, they informed local authorities, who in turn called the Police; coincidentally, the motorcycle was the same, which had been reported stolen the previous night. Niyitegeka was immediately taken into custody,” CIP Twizeyimana added.
The suspect has since been handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) at Kigabiro station.
CIP Twizeyimana thanked the residents, who facilitated the recovery of the motorcycle and arrest of the prime suspect.
“Law enforcement agencies are working together to locate and arrest Niyitegeka’s accomplice. Whenever you see something suspicious or suspect anyone to be engaged in criminal acts, always inform local authorities and Police; that’s the importance of community policing to fight and prevent crimes,” he emphasized.