The State Attorney and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife vs NGINI BIAKOLO Rose, NJOYA MFOMBAN MOUSTAPHA and BEH Martine

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

On the 19 June 2013, elements of the Nki national park were carrying out an anti-poaching patrol in the locality of Alati. During this patrol, the elements received reliable information about some poaching activity in the village of Mengom around Ntam. The elements descended to the village and organized a search in the house of Beh Martine where an enormous quantity of game placed in bags were found. Among the wildlife products were 3 gorillas and 28 deer legs. The accused Beh Martine claimed that the products Ngini Biakolo and spouse Njoya Mfomban, who planned to smoke the meat for transportation to Yaoundé. The elements proceeded to seize the wildlife products, interrogate the accused and established their offence reports. They were later on transmitted them before the State Attorney for prosecution.

Language of document
French
Reference number
No. 165/COR
Charges
Illegal killing of totally protected animal species and illegal detention and circulation of trophies of totally protected animal species.
Species
Gorilla, Deer
Money value
Unknown
Transnational
No
Decision
The accused were found guilty of illegal killing of totally protected animal species (Gorillas), illegal detention and circulation of trophies of totally protected animal species and were sentenced to one (1) year fixed term imprisonment each, to pay 37.262 XAF for costs and 1.500.000 XAF as damages to the State of Cameroon represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Appealed
No
Legislation cited
Penal Code, sec. 74
Law No 94-01 of 20 January 1994 to lay down forestry, fisheries and wildlife regulations, secs. 78, 98,101, 155, 158