An Igbo trader identified as Joe Fortemose Chinakwe has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command following a report by his neighbours after he named his dog after Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.
One of his neighbours at No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota who happens to be of Northern Nigerian extraction took the matter to Police last week, saying that Chinakwe’s naming of his dog is an insult to his father, Alhaji Buhari. The Police arrested Chinakwe on Sunday 14 August and plans to take the matter to court.
Confirming the incident, Ogun State Police Command spokesman, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi. said:
“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.”
However, Chinakwe’s relative who identified himself as Chiedozie criticized the Police for being sentimental in the case saying:
“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.”