IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE
Do you know adultery is a crime?
Do you know vulgar/immoral language or words in Cameroon is a crime?
Do you know Begging is a crime in Cameroon?
When most people talk of knowing the law, what they mean are the things they have seen in Nigerian movies. It is a common tendency to think that the law should be studied only by Lawyers and Law students. This ideology has led to so many people losing money in court issues that could have been avoided if only they knew what the law relating to that issue was. It is very necessary for every person to have certain knowledge of Law.
Before diving deep into this article, I will like to clarify some definitions:
Law is commonly understood as a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior.
A criminal code (or penal code) is a document which contains offences which are recognized in the country and penalties which might be imposed for these offences. Typically this is a document which has a collection of all what the country recognizes as a crime and the punishments that fit these crimes.
A constitution is an aggregate of fundamental principles that constitute the legal basis of a country, and commonly determine how that country is to be governed. The constitution usually has instructions of how a new President is to be elected, who succeeds the President in case of his death, the motto of the country, the state symbols, the powers of the president etc.
It is commonly said “Ignorance of the Law is no Excuse”. Be that as it may, I will like to put it in this other perspective, “Ignorance of the Law breeds oppression”. Not knowing the law means those who know the law can abuse it and you wouldn’t know if their actions were legal or crimes. The reason why knowing some laws is important is because it allows you to protect yourself against tyranny, and it also allows you to make sure that you are acting lawfully at all times. No matter how you look at it, many laws are designed to protect both you and others. At the same time, there are also laws which are merely oppressive, and are not typically designed for your own protection. In any event, understanding basic and fundamental laws is one of the most important life skills that you can have.
Those who are not familiar with laws are the most likely to end up being sued, scammed, or even sent to prison for no reason.
Knowing the law means you avoid doing things that will cause you to break it.
Knowing the law means you become very skilled at bending it without actually breaking it. Breaking the law means that you have outright violated it. Bending the law means that you stay within the confines of the law, but perhaps violate its intent, without going so far as to actually violate the law itself. For example, if a Law states tells you not to pick something up and you do, you just broke that law. But if you push it or alter it, you would be bending the law because technically you didn't pick it up. If you know the laws surrounding any action you want to take, you can effectively bend it to your advantage without actually bending it. Most military men are experts in bending the law which is why most times we tend to think they are illegally detaining us etc of which they are technically legally not wrong to do so. If they break the law and there is valid proof, they will be held accountable for. Remember, “No one is Above the Law”. It is advantageous to know the law and consult it frequently.
The laws on cyber security and cyber criminality define all crimes recognized in Cameroon which are committed using ICT tools. For most of us who use the internet everyday with our smartphones, these laws apply to all of us. There are so many things we do online which are in fact punishable crimes of which we are ignorant of. It will be advantageous to know what these laws are, so you don’t fall prey to the punishment set aside for defaulters.
Below are links to purchase The English Versions of The Penal Code, The Constitution and the Laws relating to Cyber Criminality in Cameroon.
- The Penal Code of The Republic of Cameroon (596 FCFA)
- The Constitution of The Republic of Cameroon (596FCFA)
- The Laws Relating to CyberCrimes and Cyber Criminality in Cameroon (596FCFA)
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