Five men were arrested separately on October 4 in targeted police operations against drug traffickers.
They include Nsabibana Abayisenga and Euphradisie Nyirahakizimana; both arrested in Rubavu and Ngororero districts, respectively. Nsabibana was at the time found with quantities of cannabis while Nyirahakizimana was caught red-handed distilling Kanyanga, a banned gin in Rwanda.
Other three suspects were arrested in Gahanga and Kigarama sectors in Kicukiro District with various quantities of cannabis. They are identified as Jean Claude Nshimiyimana, Deus Karuhendo and one only identified as Hamid Hakizimana.
Reacting on arrests, Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, said that fighting narcotic drugs forms part of the normal police operations.
“In most cases, drug traffickers are reported by the people because they live with them in communities, and know their illegal dealings,” Supt. Hitayezu said.
Inspector of Police (IP) Eulade Gakwaya, the spokesperson for the Western region, also commended the role of the public in fighting crime including trafficking sale and consumption of illicit drugs.
With drug related crimes topping the crime list, Rwanda National Police has, among others, prioritized breaking chains of supply as means to prevent consumption.
As such, awareness campaigns in communities, schools and different groups including motorcyclists, and operations, have been intensified, which has increased information exchange between the police and the public.