The scam via mobile phones and social networks has become commonplace, said Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the spokesman of the National Police of Burundi (PNB), the Commissioner Pierre Nkurikiye when he was presenting two defendants accused of this kind of robbery. They were arrested since February 4, 2019.
The population are called to be vigilant
The spokesman for the PNB has called on the population to increase vigilance about this new form of scam that is done over the phone or through social networks and to quickly provide information on this evil. According to Commissioner Nkurikiye, their scam plan was foiled thanks to the rapid intervention of the police.
How did this happen?
These two defendants acted as intermediaries between a Burundian living in Malawi and a prisoner from Mpimba prison in Bujumbura, who was detained for a fraudulent affair. This prisoner, who pretended to be an abbot named Emmanuel while he is not a priest, joined on the phone a certain Jean Claude Bimenyimana living in Malawi, posing as the Gnl Evariste Ndayishimiye, secretary general of the party in power, the CNDD / FDD. He asked him to come home and sell together the gold, asking for $ 50 million. This Burundian living in Malawi doubted this project and quickly realized that it was a lie to dirty the institutions. So he moved to help the police get their hands on this kind of thieves, said Commissioner Nkurikiye.
As this pretending priest could not get out of prison, he had mandated others to meet Bimenyimana. As Bimenyimana was talking to these people, the police were called and arrested them. Two other people who were in cahoots with the two accused mandated by the so-called abbot Emmanuel have taken off, he said. At the beginning of the interviews, the two defendants requested an advance of six thousand dollars. In-depth investigation is underway to break the long chain, according to Nkurikiye
A wink to the Burundian people
The police spokesman noted that this body has always alerted about the existence of these cases of theft which he described as criminal, especially that the perpetrators of this evil do not even fear the top leaders of the country. He said that a Burundian citizen living in the United States fell into a trap like this and lost a large sum of dollars.
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