Another case of a religion-motivated disturbance has occurred in Kaduna state as a fight broke out in the new Panteka market along the Nnamdi Azikiwe bypass. The fierce fight broke out when a man from the Igbo tribe gave his dog the name, Muhammad.
Panteka market is a major spare parts centre which houses many mechanic garages in the state. According to a report on Daily Trust, the market was shut down by men of the Nigerian Police who restored peace after the fight erupted.
Narrating the incident which resulted in a fight, an eyewitness, named Aminu Ibrahim said the trouble began when one Muhammad bought a dog and reportedly named it Ibere after an Igbo trader in the market.
“Since the boy named the dog after the trader, the trader had warned him on several occasions to rename the dog, but the owner of the dog Muhammad refused. The Igbo trader, Ibere also bought a dog and named it Muhammad, this is when all hell was let loose.”
The incident which started off as a mild conflict escalated to a serious fight between Hausa and Igbo traders, leading to the closure of the market by the police. The police spokesperson was not available for comments at the time of filing this report as he did not pick calls put across to his phone.
It was gathered that though calm has returned to the market, the police have continued to maintain surveillance to avert further skirmishes.
A similar incident happened about six months ago when a trader named Joachim Iroko Chinakwe was arrested, detained and arraigned by the police in Ogun state for allegedly naming and inscribing ‘Buhari’ on his pet dog.
The 40-year-old trader was first arrested on August 14, 2016, at Ketere area of Sango Ota, Ogun state, after police received complaints from his neighbour, Halilu Umar, that he had named his dog ‘Buhari’ in an apparent attempt to ridicule his father, whose name is ‘Alhaji Buhari’.
The police explained that Iroko was arrested and arraigned for conducts likely to cause breach of peace and not because he named his dog Buhari.
The culprit was eventually released from prisons after meeting his bail conditions.
Three days after the upheaval caused by Chinakwe’s naming of his dog ‘Buhari’, a woman, Ada Ogbonna, joined the bandwagon by posting a picture of her new pet which she calls Lai Mohammed.
She shared this on her wall on Facebook saying she named the dog after someone she respects. She tagged the photo: ‘Meet my dog, Lai Mohammed’.