Callixte Nsabimana alias Sankara, who in July 2018 declared the formation of the rebel movement, National Liberation Forces (NLF) to topple President Paul Kagame and took responsibility for a wave of attacks in Rwanda, has been captured.
The Rwandan government on Tuesday morning announced that Sankara was in their custody pending prosecution for serious offenses related to national security.
“The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has detained Nsabimana Callixte a.k.a Sankara, while processing his criminal case file,” the investigative institution, which was recently curved out of Rwanda National Police (RNP), revealed.
ChimpReports is yet to establish how Sankara was arrested.
Reports had indicated that Sankara was picked from Mayote between Mozambique and Madagascar where he was betrayed by a close friend.
Rwanda was yet to give details on Sankara’s arrest.
Nevertheless, RIB said Sankara “has been wanted over several offenses committed on Rwandan territory.”
These, according to RIB, include, “Formation of an irregular armed group; complicity in committing terrorist acts; conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorist acts; taking persons hostage; murder; and looting.”
In a statement last year, Sankara accused President Kagame of dividing the nation, suppression of civil liberties, amending the Constitution to stay in office, harassment of political opponents; and failing to address poverty, starvation and mass unemployment.
“We therefore created the armed forces known as the National Liberation Forces (NLF) and we assigned them the mission to put an immediate end to the dictatorial power of the RPF Kagame,” the statement read in part.
“The NLF will use all possible means including the armed struggle to drive the RPF out of power, since it refused all peaceful ways.”
Earlier this year, Kagame, who spoke at a press conference Kigali, dismissed Sankara’s claims that government forces were defeated in several battles in Nyungwe forest.
“People are celebrating and talking about how they are now overrunning some places in the country,” said Kagame, adding, “This is just a passing story, those people don’t know what they are talking about.”
Sankara had alleged that from March 15, 2019, rebel forces were in full control of the Northern regions of Nyungwe forest specifically around areas bordering Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru Districts.
He further said the rebels had also “overpowered the RDF marines’ forces in Lake Kivu and managed to progress” before successfully carrying out a military operation in the southwest region of Nyungwe forest in which they defeated members of RDF in Karambi and entry to Nyungwe Forest military bases in Nyamasheke District.
“Up to now, we are effectively controlling the Southwest and northern borders of Nyungwe forest,” he emphasized.
On Nyungwe attacks, Kagame warned: “Those who are behind it have in mind to provoke a war from which they mistakenly think they will benefit. They are trying to hide problems of their own and create a scenario where when war happens, you look the same. We refused this provocation.”
He, however, cautioned that “…Rwanda, with this history of suffering, has grown in all bounds including the strength, capacity to wage a war in defense of its stability and peace.”
RIB said “Nsabimana’s case file will be submitted to the National Public Prosecution Authority in accordance with Rwandan criminal procedure law.”