The State Attorney and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife vs DJEMBO Paul, DJIBRIL KARIMOU, SOUAIBOU HAMADOU, SAMELOE Dieudonné

Country
Territorial subdivision
Type of court
Seat of court
Yokadouma
Court jurisdiction
Date of opinion
2017
Abstract

On the 22 February 2017, the accused, Djembo Paul a well-known hunter approached Djibril Karimou and gave him 2 ivory tusks. Sameloe Dieudonné approached the two accused persons dressed as a ranger, and seized the tusks. He then proceeded to sell them to Souaibou. In corroborating circumstances, Djembo Paul organized a hunting activity in a Forest management unit in the village of Mikel, and gave 6 ivory tusks to a certain Mogbwe Godefroy, who furnished him with arms. Following this, elements of the conservation service of the Lobeke National Park arrested the accused persons. They were charged with illegal killing of totally protected animal species (elephants), illegal detention of their trophies (ivory tusks), illegal detention of a hunting gun, complicity in the illegal detention of the said trophies and illegal use of an official wear. The accused all pleaded guilty and acknowledged the offence as charged. They were transmitted before the Court of First Instance, Yokadouma for prosecution.

Language of document
Reference number
No. 131/COR
Charges
Illegal killing of totally protected animal species (elephants), illegal detention of their trophies (ivory tusks), illegal detention of a hunting gun, complicity in the illegal detention of the said trophies and usurpation of function.
Money value
Unknown
Transnational
No
Decision
Djembo Paul was found guilty of illegal detention of a hunting gun and illegal killing of totally protected species ( Elephants) Djibril Karimou and Souaibou Hamadou were found guilty of complicity, same as Samaloe Dieudonne and usurpation of functions. Djembo Paul was sentenced to one (1) year fixed term imprisonment and to pay 300.000 XAF as fines, Djibril Karimou, Souaibou Hamadou and Samaloe Diendonné were sentenced to pay the sum of 100.000 XAF as fines. They were all to pay 1.120.000 XAF as civil damages to the state of Cameroon represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Appealed
No
Legislation cited
Penal Code, secs. 74, 97, 218, 237
Law No 94-01 of 20th January 1994 to lay down forestry, fisheries and wildlife regulations, secs. 101, 158