A trader in Ogun state has not only landed in trouble but in the police penitentiary for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari.’
The 30-year-old Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, who resides at No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbours – a Northerner – griped bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.
The complainant reported the case at Sango Police Station, last Saturday, after which the trader was arrested and detained, Vanguard reports.
It was gathered that attempts by the police to arrest the dog, which they intended on using as evidence proved abortive following a clever move by the suspect, as he directed his friends to secretly kill the dog and possibly eat the meat in order to avoid being implicated.
The move may have angered the complainant and his kinsmen as they have threatened to kill the trader – who deals in female wears at a popular market in Sango – if he is released on bail.
This is just after his friends and relations consistent plea to the police for bail fell on deaf ears.
The gravity of his offence was evident in the dimension it took two days later when Chinakwe’s relatives went to Sango police station to further plead for his bail only to be told that the case file and the suspect have been transferred to Ogun State Police Command headquarters at Eleweran.
Speaking bitterly that his brother was being treated unfairly, a relation to the suspect, Chiedozie, said:
“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.”
Confirming his arrest, the Acting Police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, ASP, said:
“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.
“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.”
On the whereabouts of the dog, 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.”