Burundi opposition leader Niyongabo arrested


Gervais Niyongabo

Burundi opposition party leader, Gervais Niyongabo has been arrested for participation in armed gangs that threaten state security.

According to parallel reports, Niyongabo who is the President of the party Fedes-Sangira was arrested yesterday afternoon at the hotel East Africa Nyanza-LAC.

He was picked from Makamba where he was attending a seminar.

According to information gathered on the scene, Niyongabo was manhandled by agents of the Burundian intelligence before being rushed to Bujumbura and detained at the National Intelligence Service (SNR).

“They broke into the room so we were going for a job in group. Mr. Niyongabo has agreed to be arrested after to have spoken with the leader of the SNR”, said one of the participants in the seminar.

The President of the Fedes-Sangira works at the inspector general of the state.

He was part of a team of trainers and communal administrators.

According to police, the arrest took place on the mandate of the court of appeal of Bujumbura.

Burundi police spokesman, Pierre Nkurukiye, confirmed Niyongabo is being detained by SNR.

Businessman caged for corruption

Meanwhile, Nkurukiye also confirmed the arrest of a 74-year-old Gedeon Gihaga for “corruption”.

In a fortnight, eight police officers and 15 soldiers have been arrested for endangering the security of the state.

On Thursday morning, Burundi Police was seen beating people and ordering shops to close in the capital.

People found walking on the streets are forced to go and protest against a United Nations damning report.

The Police and the army have also blocked the 1St Avenue in the neighbourhood of Musaga (South of the capital).

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