Lagos—Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge-of zone 2, Onikan, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, yesterday, clarified that the recent arrest of Joe Chinakwe, the man who named his dog Buhari, by the Ogun state Police command, had nothing to do with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ali’s reaction is coming on the heels of condemnation of Police action by members of the public, after the story was exclusively published by Vanguard. Some of them even posted pictures of domestic animals bearing same name with imminent personalities across the globe and wondered why Chinakwe’s case would result to his being arrested and charged to court.
But Ali in a statement issued to Vanguard and signed by the Zonal Police Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police, explained that the suspect was charged to court because he had conflict with his neighbour.
He said: “The Zonal command wants to clarify and set the records straight that the case as it was erroneously perceived, has nothing to do with the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, but with one Alhaji Buhari, the biological father of the complainant, Alhaji Halilu Umar, all of Ketere Area, Sango Otta in Ado Odo Otta Local Government Area of Ogun State.
“Also, it’s fundamental to state that the man was not charged to court for christening his dog Buhari, but for the behaviours of the suspect and circumstances surrounding the matter when Mr Joe, who had been having conflicts with his neighbour, (complainant) named his dog Buhari, his neighbour’s father’s name, inscribed Buhari on both sides of the said dog and started parading the dog with swagger amongst his neighbours and traders, who are mostly northerners.
“The said Joe was actually attacked by people around for his action before he was rescued by the police. The timely intervention of the police prevented an inter-tribal crisis in the area.
The Zonal Command, therefore, seeks the understanding of members of the public on the action of the man, which was capable of causing breach of public peace, an offense the man, Joe Chinakwe, was actually charged for under section 249(d) of the Criminal Code.”