See Why this Nigerian Man Was Arrested For Naming His Pet Dog “Buhari”


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

The trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, residing in Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was reportedly arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbours of Northern extraction complained bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.

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

However, it was gathered that efforts by the police to recover the dog, which they intended using as evidence failed following a clever move by the suspect.

The trader, said to be trading in female wears at a popular market in Sango, allegedly directed his friends secretly to kill the dog and possibly eat the meat in order to avoid being implicated.

It was 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.

The case, however, took a different dimension two days later when Chinakwe’s relatives went to Sango police station to further plead for his bail only to be informed that the case file and the suspect have been transferred to Ogun State Police Command headquarters at Eleweran.

A relation to the suspect, who simply identified himself as Chiedozie, told Vanguard that his brother was being persecuted for no just cause and expressed fears that he may either be poisoned inside police cell or thrown into jail. Chiedozie said:


“Chinakwe is a lover of dogs and he names them after things that tickle him. He bought this dog a year ago and named it Buhari. Unfortunately, some Northerners, who dominate the vicinity where he resides misconstrued his intention and connived to take him up. The complainant then claimed it was derogatory because his father answers Buhari.”

Police sources, however, told Vanguard that the actions of the suspect “were very provocative.” The source said:

“he not only named the dog Buhari but boldly wrote it on the body of both sides of the dog and was seen parading the neighbourhood dominated by Northerners with it.”

As at press time, relations to the suspect were still making frantic efforts to effect his bail while his accusers are insisting that he must be prosecuted.

When contacted around 8pm yesterday, the acting Police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, ASP, said he was still trying to get the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Sango for details. Oyeyemi later called, stating that:

“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.” 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.” When asked about the whereabouts of the dog that will be used as evidence against the suspect, the police spokesman said: “The dog cannot follow anybody except the owner. We will use him as our evidence because he did not deny it.”

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  • Reply chioma August 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I can’t believe what I just read about Buari. It is all arrant nonsense. When Good luck was president people say all manner things about him. They curse him, insult him and even make funny insultive vedios of him and his wife. No one claimed that it breached the peace of Nigeria. No one ever arrested those people. No one ever said it was ethnic prejudice, no Igbo man or any Easterners commplained or called for war. Who do this Bothers think they are? They think because the president is from the north then any other person is under them. A man can name anything or person any name. The reason they are feeling insulted is because they are in support of the low government of manpower. They are all mouth and no works, looking for cover-up as if they are very clean. They are the most dirtiest, wicked, unholy, uncompassionate, government we ever had. When he knows he is not capable of governing the country, why the killings and conspiracy to get in by force and then claim he is a fighter of corruption. Why the written project of agender that is a lie and meant to decieve the people? This has to stop!!!.

  • Reply Olamilekan Horfheni September 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    This is absolutely ruckusincredible. How can a man be arrested for naming his dog. Is there a rule of law that stands for the naming of an animal?. I think our police needs to look critically into this issue. If he write the name on the dog, how does that have to affect the community? I smell rat. Injustice and power extinction is on the rampage

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