Democratic Republic Of Congo Arrest 8 Suspected Criminals Terrorising South Kivu

The eight suspects were arrested in various quarters of Bukavu in possession of arms and suspected to have been responsible for criminal mayhem in the chief town of the province.

The Democratic Republic of Congo national police on Thursday, May 5, presented eight individuals suspected of urban criminality in the city of Bukavu to Governor Theo Ngwabidje of South Kivu.

The eight suspects were arrested by security forces supported by the defence commission of the provincial assembly of South Kivu in various quarters of Bukavu in possession of arms and suspected to have been responsible for criminal mayhem in the chief town of the province.

“They all operate on foot in civilian attires with masked faces and sometimes carrying black hammers and always operate from 7 p.m,” a police spokesman said during their presentation to the Governor.

Police said an AK-47 rifle number 350586 and a charger containing five bullets was found in the possession of one of the suspects, a woman identified as Madam Irene, who was abandoned by her husband. 

“After interrogation, we retained the following accusations against them: armed robbery, illegal possession of arms and association with criminals,” the police added.

Meanwhile, Theo Ngwabidje, the Governor of South Kivu, has called on the population to collaborate with the forces of law and order with a view to restoring security in the city of Bukavu.

“I take this opportunity to sensitise the population to accompany the Congolese national police and the security services so that peace and tranquillity return and also enable them to protect the belongings of the populations,” Governor Ngwabidje said.

In South Kivu, the commission on defence and security of the provincial assembly led by Albert Kahasha works with agents of public order in tracking down criminals. 

Several suspected criminals have already been arrested and handed over to the judicial authorities for prosecution.

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