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780 litres of diesel seized in operations against illegal trade of fuel

Police operations against theft and illegal sell of petroleum products conducted in Bugesera District, seized 39 jerrycans of diesel, about 780 litres.

The fuel was seized in three separate operations in Rilima sector, in which at least ten people were arrested in connection with the act, inspector of Police )IP) Jean Bosco Dusabe, Police spokesperson for the Eastern Province, said.

In the latest operation conducted on September 24, Police arrested the trio of Jean Claude Uyiringire, 32, Steven Silas Ngirwa, 46, and Confiance Maniraguha, 33, with eight jerrycans of diesel.

In a similar operation conducted on September 20, police also arrested five people with 380 litres of diesel.

Earlier on September 17, two people identified as Alphonse Nzabanita, 35, and Didas Harerimana, 39, were apprehended with 240 litres of diesel.

IP Dusabe said that the fuel had been stolen from the site in Rilima, where an airport is currently under construction.

“The operations focused on two things; people who steal fuel at the airport construction site, and those running black markets, which is itself unlawful and punishable by law,” the spokesperson said.

Under normal circumstances, fuel is supposed to be only sold at authorized dealers, in most cases as petrol stations.

“These are also operations to prevent disasters that may arise out of such dangerous businesses. With such inflammables sold at home, the risk of causing fire and killing occupants is most likely,” he added.

In last May, a house in Nyarugenge District in which petrol and diesel was being sold, caught fire killing two siblings.

Similar operation conducted earlier this month in Muhima Sector of Nyarugenge District, also arrested three men with 400 litres of diesel, which came about four months after police also arrested two people, who were running a fuel black market.

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