Man Who Named Dog After Buhari Granted Bail


Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, the man who got into trouble for naming his dog ‘Buhari’ has been granted bail.

Mr. Joe Chinakwe was on Monday arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Ota, Ogun State on a one-count charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

Police Inspector, Mr. Ebibomini told the court, said the offence is punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.

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The one-count charge against Joe 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.”

‎The accused, who pleaded ‘not guilty’ at the hearing, was represented by his counsel, U. Michael.

Joe Chinakwe Granted Bail

The counsel pleaded that the accused be granted bail, as the offence was a bailable one.‎

Joe’s application for bail was not opposed by the prosecution.

Chief Magistrate, B. J. Ojikutu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 and two sureties in like sum, who must be regular payers of tax in the state.

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The sureties were also required to attach four passport photographs each to the bail bond, depose to affidavits of being gainfully engaged and reside in the court’s jurisdiction.

The case was then adjourned the case to September 19 by the presiding magistrate.

Recall that over the weekend Chinakwe, was arrested after one of his neighbours complained that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.

Chinakwe was then to Sango Police Station, from where he was later transferred to State Command Headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta.