Police arrest three for poaching in Nyungwe
Written by: Administrator
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, 13:44
Police in western Rwanda has arrested three suspects for poaching in Nyungwe National Park, the three were nabbed in a joint operation with Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Police posted on its website.
According to police spokesperson for the Western region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira at the time of their arrest, they had killed two antelopes. They were caught with the meat, skins and heads of the killed antelopes. The suspects are Innocent Nzasengimana, 24, Papias Ngerageze, 23, and Claver Shumbusho, 23, all residents of Bweyeye Sector.
“We also confiscated traditional tools that the trio was doing to poach animals including trapping nets, spears, and several bows and arrows,” he said.
He thanked the people, who tipped off the police on the illegal hunting activities.
“The arrest of these three suspects should serve as a warning and deterrent to other potential poachers” he added.
Under article 416 of the penal code, anyone caught in poaching activities, if convicted, faces an imprisonment of up to two years and or a fine of Rwf 2,000,000.
The suspects were still being profiled to see whether they could be linked to similar previous crimes‚ police said.
Despite this specific case, CIP Gasasira said poaching cases declined following intense patrols in national parks in the country.