A man, who attempted to have his colleague released from police custody ended up joining him after he tried to bribe the police officer in charge.
Jerome Niyitegaka is currently detained at Gikondo Police Station where he allegedly committed the crime as he tried to seduce a police officer with Rwf10, 000, to flee his employee detained at the same station over theft related offences.
According to Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Niyitegaka, on September 13, went to Gikondo Police Station to visit one Samuel Nzayisenga, who was working at his abattoir.
Nzayisenga had been arrested the previous day in connection with theft of handsets and snatching ladies bags especially in awe hours.
“Niyitegaka was given access to talk to Nzayisenga, as is the norm, but he later called out a police officer at the station, and tried to bribe him with Rwf10, 000 to have his colleague released illegally, but the officer instead arrested him and seized the exhibit,” Supt. Hitayezu said.
“If someone is apprehended over a certain crime, relatives or friends should think of the legal way to prove his innocence before the courts of law, because contrary to that, you will find yourself facing the law as well,” Supt. Hitayezu warned.
“Niyitegaka is not the first and certainly not the last to be arrested in connection with corruption or attempted bribery; but the stand and approach against such malpractices remains; there’s no leniency to anyone suspected of involvement in such tendencies. Corruption is a taboo in Rwanda and intolerable in police in particular,” he added.
Fighting graft is among the Rwanda National Police priority areas of policing. The force has since established a fully-fledged ‘Inspectorate of Services and Ethics,’ which is partly responsible for fighting corruption in the country and within the force in particular.