E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 4, Issue 3, 2024

Bases of Cattle Rustling in Momo Division, of Cameroon 1959-2020

Author(s): Akah Sohbih Ernest, Joseph Nfi Nfon, Aloysius Nyuymengka Ngalim


The paper examines the bases of cattle rustling as it anchors on this phenomenon between the Fulani and indigenes of Momo Division of Cameroon, between 1959 and 2020. Using both primary and secondary sources as well as the thematic and chronological methods of analyses, the study revealed that the absence of collaboration between the Fulani and indigenes became a source for rustling. Again, unemployment and Poverty among Fulani herders encouraged this phenomenon, as some of them could not provide for their basic needs. In addition, illegal transhumance, self-acquisition motives and inheritance norms or practices laid the foundation for such occurrences in Momo Division. The study also found out that; poor remuneration for herders, inefficiency of headsmen and conflicts between the Fulani and indigenes made matters worse. This activity was reinvigorated by the availability of clandestine markets and networks where rustled cattle could easily be disposed of. The study concludes that in spite of efforts made the government and other actors in minimising the problem, the activity has continued unabated and has remained an impediment to the sustainable development of the cattle industry in the area with its associated consequences.

Keywords: Cattle, Fulani, Momo Division and Rustling

Pages: 1464-1470

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