Man jailed for masquerading as Police officer

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Police in the City of Kigali have arrested a man suspected of masquerading as a broker for the traffic and road safety department and conning several people of their money.

The suspect identified as Eric Mpaka was arrested on August 27 following several complaints filed by people whom he had conned promising to facilitate them acquire a driver’s licence.

According to the spokesperson for the Traffic and Road Safety Department, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, “Mpaka was masquerading as traffic police broker and was calling people claiming that RNP was offering a promotion on the registration and giving out driver’s licence.”

“He was telling them that he would also register them on Irembo platform.”

He was charging Rwf35, 000 per head claiming to be a “promotional rate.”

Mpaka who admitted to the alleged crime, said that he was telling the victims that he had connections within the police and that he will use his influence to get them licence.

CIP Kabanda said: “Some of the victims Mpaka was targeting are his former schoolmates partly because he knew their weakness; he was giving them fake codes.”

“He is currently detained at Kimihurura police station but investigations are still underway to identify and arrest anyone that could be involved in this scam.”

“This is to inform the public that Rwanda National Police has no brokers; public services or driver’s licence in particular, are processed and acquired individually; registrations for a driving license is free of charge and anyone charging money is defrauding you and we appeal to anyone that encounters such to always inform police for immediate appropriate action,” CIP Kabanda said.

 

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