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Rwandan singer, Kizito Mihigo commits suicide police cell

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Kizito Mihigo, a Rwandan gospel music artist has been found dead in a police cell, according to local media reporting.

Police officials have revealed that Mihigo was found dead just days after he was arrested near the border with Burundi.

The Musician was banned from leaving Rwanda but was accused of attempting to flee the country and join rebel groups fighting against Rwanda.

Police then arrested him and held him in detention before the latest incident of his death, which local media said was attributed to suicide.

Police spokesman JB Kabeera said in a statement that Mihigo’s body was found during a routine check by officers at Remera police station on Monday morning.

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Rwandan officials said their investigations suggested that Mihigo used bedsheets to strangle himself to death.

Mihigo is said to have committed the suicide two days after his family and lawyer visited in police custody, Police said.

The singer was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 after he was convicted of planning to kill President Paul Kagame.

He received a presidential pardon from the president in 2018 with the condition not to leave the country without judicial permission.


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