Mr. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a powerful billionaire land owner and commercial rancher in North-West Cameroon, member of the Central Committee of the ruling CPDM has again seized horses from tradesmen in accordance with a recent ‘LAW’ in which ‘His Excellency’ ‘banned’ horse trade in the Region under the pretext that horses are being exterminated through the trade!
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According to eye-witnesses at least 38 horses were confiscated by gendarmes and militias acting on Mr. Danpullo’s orders on Sunday 13, November 2011, at Bamukumbit village, North-East of the Regional Capital Bamenda. The horses were then taken by the gendarmes and militias to Mr. Danpullo’s ELBA Ranch several kilometres away where they are being held illegally.
In a report sent to an Anti-Corruption Hotline in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé and copied the Justice and DignityCampaign, an eye-witness stated, “Some representatives of the owners of the horses went to Ndawara this morning to recover them but were met with hostility from Baba Ahmadou Danpullo and are being threatened with imprisonment”.
The Campaign was able to confirm through various sources that those individuals have effectively been detained by gendarmes in Ndop town several kilometres from their homes in Bui Division. We were not able to confirm the detention conditions of these individuals or whether they will be charged with any offence. The detainees join other horse traders, namely Seini Yamsa and 2 others unlawfully arrested in Babanki by the Gendarme Commander of Ndawara since the 7, October and arbitrarily detained at Ndop Gendarmerie Cell without charge – their crime being that they are horse traders – a business ‘banned’ by Mr. Danpullo!
According to witnesses, following his recent ‘LAW’, Mr. Danpullo’s agents all over the region are taking the law into their hands by confiscating horses from their owners. For example, one Mr. Yaya Juli a.k.a. Jamaica of Tahkui and Ardo Bobbo Sule of Vekovi, attempted to seize horses from traders in the village of Vekovi, North of Bamenda, last week but the State Counsel of the area intervened to stop an ensuing violent conflict pointing out that there is no law banning horse trade in any part of the country.
In a letter addressed to the Governor of the North-West Region, which the Campaign has obtained a copy, the horse owners said, “Yesterday, Sunday 13/11/2011, our horses were intercepted by gendarmerie services of Ndawara, Ndop and Balikumbat at Bamukumbit village in Balikumbat sub Division of Ngoketunjia Division, led by their brigade commanders. Our 38 horses were taken to Ndawara and impounded there. We sent some of our agents to Ndawara this morning and Alhaji Baba Danpullo told them that he will arrest all of us and send us to prison for defying his law of abolishing horse trade.
All our herdsmen have been bundled down to the Gendarmerie service Ndop and we do not know what will follow after their interrogation at Ndop Brigade.” In reference Mr. Danpullo’s ultra vires law, the letter further states, “He addressed the said letter to about 40 Ardos in the region. He later called a meeting of some of the Ardos paying allegiance to him at his Ndawara residence and in Sabga where he told them that he has banned the sales of horses in the entire region. He promised to arrest any person who tries to defy his Marshall Law.” Sources at the Office of the Governor confirmed that a complaint has been received and is ‘being acted upon’ but would not give further details.
This initiative is yet another of Mr. Danpullo’s bizarre obsession of control over the Mbororo community and their pastoralist economy and his blatant lack of understanding, bad advice or refusal to follow laid-down administrative procedures and the law. It is unacceptable that an individual who travels on Cameroonian diplomatic passport takes upon themselves to make draconian and stupid rules and then order state security forces to enforce them! Mr. Danpullo and ‘his’ Gendarmes need to understand that HE is not the State and cannot make bizarre rules and enforce them against the law and the wishes of the Mbororo community! The Justice and Dignity Campaign condemns this latest strategy of further impoverishing and subjugating the Mbororo pastoralists of North-West Cameroon and call on the authorities to stop Mr. Danpullo and his agents forthwith.
All those involved should be investigated and prosecuted for carrying out unlawful instructions and confiscation of private property. All properties should be returned to their rightful owners who should be compensated for lost earnings and damages suffered. These abuses give an unfortunate impression of Cameroon as a lawless country where wealthy individuals can preside over life and death of ordinary people! No other Cameroonian economic operator has been the subject of intervention by UN in Cameroon, except Mr. Danpullo!
The UN Human Rights Council has intervened more than once to get the Cameroon government to stop these violations to no avail. The matter has also reached the African Commission, the US Senate and many international organizations, all of whom have called on the authorities to stop the human rights abuses against the Mbororo pastoralists by Baba Ahamdou Danpullo. We again urge the government to fully implement its own Jani Commission finding on Baba Ahmadou Danpullo’s exactions and get all government agents in the Region to stop acting on orders of Mr. Danpullo, as he has no authority to instruct them!