Police warns public against taking the law into own hands

Rwanda National Police spokesperson CP John Bosco Kabera speaks to journalists. / Sam Ngendahimana

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has called upon families facing internal conflicts to seek legal redress instead of taking matters in their own hands, which is criminal.

The call follows last Friday's incident in Kanyinya Sector of Nyarugenge District where a man killed his wife over internal wrangles.

The RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, said that the suspect, Silvestre Bavugayabo, was arrested this Sunday in Rweya Village, Rutonde Cell of Shyorongi Sector in Rulindo District.

On the fateful night of January 11, at about 1am, Bavugayabo, 38, allegedly killed one Angelique Nyirabenda whom he was cohabiting with.

"Following the gruesome murder, the search for the suspect was launched. On January 13, we received information that he was hiding in Rulindo, he was trailed in Rweya Village and was intercepted as he tried to cross to Kamonyi District by boat through Nyabarongo River," Kabera said.

He added; "However, Bavugayabo became violent, resisted arrest and tried to flee; he was shot and he succumbed to injuries."

He appealed to the general public to always report conflicts in their neighbourhoods so as to address them before turning violent.

"If you can't resolve your differences amicably, there are local leaders, Police and other entities in the justice sector. All these are there to ensure that your misunderstandings are addressed and to prevent violence or bloodshed, and the innocent becoming the criminal,” Kabera said.

He also appealed to the public to always cooperate and refrain from being violent during the process of justice.