Two nabbed red-handed stealing minerals

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Police in Rulindo District arrested two men who had stolen 419 kilogrammes of cassiterite from Rutongo mining concession.
 Rulindo District Police Commander (DPC), Superintendent of Police (SP) Aphrodis Gashumba identified the suspects as Alphonse Hakizimana and Joseph Sebatware.
 “They were arrested following complaints filed by the management of Rutongo Mining Company on the ‘continued theft’ in their concession,” Supt. Gashumba.
 He added that since the filing of the theft complaints, Police kept monitoring of the movements around the concession.
 “At about 4:00 pm n January 4, we trailed and stopped a vehicle that coming from the concession. When we checked it we found it was loaded with cassiterite which we later established to have been stolen. The two suspects who were on board at the time,” Supt. Gashumba said.

 “We have a good working relation with the people, and even on this case, we worked together to monitor the concession as they were giving us information on every development until the arrest of Hakizimana and Sebatware.”

 The duo is currently detained at Murambi Police station as investigations proceed. “We have put much efforts in fighting these kind of crimes.”
 Rwanda National Police (RNP) through its Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) has been instrumental in fighting smuggling and enforcing the law, preservation of environment through environmental education, practical interpretation of the environmental laws to citizens and engaging in the public environment management awareness campaign.
 Article 300 of the Penal Code stipulates that, any person who commits theft without violence or threats shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of 2 to 5 times the value of the stolen property or one of these penalties.

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