A 30-year-old trader has been
arrested by the Ogun state police command for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari.’
The trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, of No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was reportedly arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbours of Northern extraction complained bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.
Vanguard learned that the
complainant reported the case at
Sango Police Station, last Saturday,
after which the trader was arrested
and detained. However, it was
gathered that efforts by the police to recover the dog, which they
intended using as evidence failed
following a clever move by the
The trader, said to be trading in
female wears at a popular market in
Sango, allegedly directed his friends
secretly to kill the dog and possibly
eat the meat in order to avoid being
It was gathered that consistent appeals by his friends and
relations for the police to grant him
bail failed as the complainant and his kinsmen reportedly threatened to kill the trader if he was released on bail.
The case, however, took a different
dimension two days later when
Chinakwe’s relatives went to Sango
police station to further plead for his
bail only to be informed that the case file and the suspect have been transferred to Ogun State Police
Command headquarters at Eleweran.
A relation to the suspect, who simply identified himself as Chiedozie, told Vanguard that his brother was being persecuted for no just cause and expressed fears that he may either be poisoned inside police cell or thrown into jail.
“Chinakwe is a lover of dogs and he names them after things that tickle him. He bought this dog a year ago
and named it Buhari.
Unfortunately, some Northerners, who dominate the vicinity where he resides misconstrued his intention
and connived to take him up.
The complainant then claimed
it was derogatory because his father answers Buhari.”
Police sources, however, told
Vanguard that the actions of the
suspect “were very provocative.”
The source said:
“he not only named the dog Buhari but boldly wrote it on the body of both sides of the dog and was seen parading the neighbourhood
dominated by Northerners with it.”
As at press time, relations to the
suspect were still making frantic
efforts to effect his bail while his
accusers are insisting that he must
be prosecuted. When contacted around 8pm yesterday, the acting Police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, ASP, said he was still trying to get the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Sango for details.
Oyeyemi later called, stating that:
“I have made enquiries. The man bought a dog and inscribed Buhari on both sides of its body. One Mallam lodged a complaint and when our men got there, we found
out that it was true. You know such thing can cause serious breach of the peace and ethnic or religious unrest. We are charging him to court for conduct likely to cause a
breach of peace.”
Continuing, he said:
“He was arrested last Saturday and we are taking him to court later today (Tuesday) or tomorrow morning (today). You know an average Northerner will feel bad over such a thing. It can cause
serious ethnic crisis or religious confrontation because when you are relegating such a name to a
certain person, you are indirectly insulting him.”
When asked about the whereabouts of the dog that will be used as evidence against the suspect, the police spokesman said:
“The dog cannot follow anybody except the owner. We will use him as our evidence because he did not deny it."