Trader Arrested In Ogun For Naming Pet Dog Buhari


A 30-year-old Igbo trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, has been arrested by the police in Ogun state for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’.

The trader who lives at 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 pet dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.

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It was gathered that the complainant reported the case at Sango Police Station, last Saturday, after which the trader was arrested and detained.

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However,  efforts by the police to recover the dog, which they intended using as evidence failed following a clever move by the suspect. Chinakwe allegedly directed his friends secretly to kill the dog and possibly eat the meat in order to avoid being implicated.

It has also been 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.

Confirming the 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.

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“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.”

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