Man Who Named Dog Buhari Arraigned in Ogun

Joachim Chinakwe, the trader arrested for naming his dog Buhari, has his ordeal compounded on Monday as he was arraigned before a Sango Magistrate Court, Ogun State.
Chinakwe who was arrested on August 13, 2016, for allegedly naming his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari, said his action was based on the love he has for the President.
Chinakwe, who was earlier released a few days ago, was picked up again last Friday based on the belief, according to the Police, that his action was capable of provoking an ethno-religious crisis in the state.
Chinakwe was earlier detained for three days and subsequent released after the intervention of the Serkin Hausa and President-General of non-indigenes in the state.
He was taken into custody after one of his neighbours, who was later found out to be a Nigerian, complained that the dog was named after his father, Alhaji Buhari.
It was learnt that the prompt intervention of the elders made the complainant to withdraw the case at Sango-Ota Division.
Police sources had earlier said that upon his release, the father of two, who hails from Ukwunzu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and the complainant were made to sign an undertaking not to cause any breach of peace.
However, his re-arrest on Friday opened another page on the matter that had aroused public interest.
The State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen that Chinakwe was re-arrested to prevent the state from being plunged into crisis, adding that the complainant and his sympathisers had threatened to kill the suspect.
He further stated that the suspect was being held at the Criminal Investigation Department of the Command, noting that the arrest was done to save Chinakwe’s life.
In addition, the Police PRO said the suspect, had confessed that he named his pet dog Buhari and had the name written on the body of the dog and for that he would be arraigned.
“The man is here with us. He is at the Criminal Investigation Department. The charge will be prepared here and he will be arraigned at Sango Magistrate Court on Monday.
“He is going to court on Monday because what he did was highly provocative. It can cause an ethnic and religious crisis. We have to be proactive, we cannot fold our arms and allow the state to be plunged into crisis.
“In fact, the arrest was made to save the suspect’s life because the complainant and his group have threatened to kill him if he comes back and this may trigger violence”.

Author: News Editor

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