A 30-year-old trader, Mr. Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, of No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State was arrested last Saturday and incarcerated for about three days by the police for naming his pet dog “Buhari”. The arrest and detention followed a complaint by an unnamed Mallam, who is said to be an alien from Niger Republic. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ogun State, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi had this to say:
“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.”
The prosecutor, Itaita Ebibomini, told the court that the accused committed the offence on August 13 at the Hausa section of Ketere Market in Sango-Ota, Ota Magisterial District.
Mr. Ebibomini, a police inspector, said the offence is punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.
The one count charge read:
“That you Joachim Iroko aka Joe and other still at large on Saturday 13th day of August 2016, at about 5.30 p.m. at Ketere area Sango, in the Ota Magisterial District did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace, by writing a name ‘Buhari’ on a dog and parading same in the Hausa section of Ketere Market Sango and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.”