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Court Remands Man who named his Dog “Buhari”



Joachim Iroko in Court

Joachim Iroko in Court

The Ota Magistrate Court 2, Ogun State has remanded Joachim Iroko (aka Joe Chinakwe), the man who named his dog “Buhari”.

PUNCH reports that Joe was charged to court by the police with “conduct likely to cause breach of the peace”.

Oyeyemi said the rearrest was to prevent the state from being plunged into crisis, adding that the complainant and his sympathisers had threatened to kill the suspect.

The charge, by the Prosecutor, Inspector Itaita Ebibomini, read:

That you, Joachim Iroko, aka Joe, and others still at large, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at about 5.30pm at the Ketere area, Sango, in the Ota Magisterial District did conduct yourselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace, by writing a name, Buhari, on a dog and parading same in the Hausa section of Ketere Market, Sango, thereby, committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Law of Ogun State, Nigeria, 2016.

Joe pleaded not guilty to the charge. His counsel, U. Michael, however, pleaded that the accused should be granted bail.

The Chief Magistrate, B. J. Ojikutu, admitted Iroko to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be regular taxpayers in the state.

“They must attach four passport photographs each to the bail bond, depose to affidavits of being gainfully employed, and reside in the court’s jurisdiction,” he added.

The case was then adjourned to September 19, 2016.

As at the time of filing the report, Joe’s family members were yet to perfect the bail for his release.

He was subsequently taken to the Ibara Prison.

Joe was first arrested on Saturday, August 13 after one of his neighbours (reported to be from Niger Republic) neighbour lodged a complaint at the Sango Police State that Chinakwe named the dog after his (neighbour’s) father, Alhaji Buhari. Read it here.

He was then released, and rearrested again by the police.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that Joe was picked up again based on the Force’s belief that the suspect’s action was capable of provoking an ethno-religious crisis. Read it here.

Joe, speaking after his first release had said that he named his dog “Buhari” because President Buhari is his hero. Read it here.

Photo Credit: PUNCH



    August 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Useless people, them no get work. na dog and the owner they are chasing. na the President get the name? people are out there hungry, Naira is there chasing down every second, But see what they are doing, chasing dog about. If anything happens to that dog, they will see what will happen.

    • baybee

      August 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      So you people didn’t read the part of the article quoted below and just jumped to your own conclusions? Is this about the president at all? SMH

      “Joe was first arrested on Saturday, August 13 after one of his neighbours (reported to be from Niger Republic) neighbour lodged a complaint at the Sango Police State that Chinakwe named the dog after his (neighbour’s) father, Alhaji Buhari. Read it here.”

  2. nwa nna

    August 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    This case ought to make Nigerians uncomfortable because this man’s human rights are being violated by the FGN. So, because a Fulani/ Hausa person is president now Nigerians are no longer allowed freedom of expression?! And the silence of the damn presidency on this issue says a whole lot on where it stands.
    I suspect that after the accused was released after his initial arrest, that orders came from above instructing that he should be re-arrested and made an example of.
    I could be wrong, but my suspicions points to the office of the minister of state led by Danbazzua..

  3. Yeyeperry

    August 23, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    This just cracked me up so bad. Can’t stop laughing. Hero koo Heroine ni

  4. annie

    August 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Nigeria is a joke fr a country,so d people dat were threatening to kill him r @hme nd he’s in prison…dis is pure tyranny

  5. apotonTheo.

    August 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Just two short months ago, Mrs. Aisha Buhari called a human being a dog; she called a man, a sitting governor, “an unchained mad dog.”

    Apparently, in Buhari’s home, world and government, it is perfectly right and proper for a man to be named a dog but not for a dog to be named after a man.

    Former president Obasanjo just in May this same year, in full glare of invited media, donated a chimpanzee which he had named Patience (the name of the former First Lady, wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan) to a wildlife sanctuary. The police should ‘swing into action’ and go and arrest him also.

    We are not a muslim/islamist country. Despite all their laid plans and agendas to which they have been working and implementing from late Muritala (in fact even before) till date, they will ultimately fail and it will all blow up in their faces and they will find that they have more than shot themselves in their own foot.

    Buhari is not a god.

    And, Buhari is most certainly, not God.

    Buhari’s name can not be blasphemed. He simply doesn’t qualify. He simply can never, nor will ever be able to qualify.

    And, that he does not speak out against such travesties of justice, such colossal, bizarre and absurd waste of police resources and also to avert what could become or is becoming a tragedy, concerning that young man’s life, a complete robbery of his inalienable rights, and not least the depiction (as if any more were ever needed) of the Nigerian Police as a laughing-stock before the eyes of the world is, tragically, completely in character with the Buhari who never cared to speak, whilst the rest of (some parts of) the nation still reeled in shock at the breaking news of the unprecedented horror (a category already too sparsely-filled for one’s liking) in our nation of the ghastly slaughter and butchering, in cold blood, of the (initial) ten innocent Youth Corpers in Bauchi, by Buhari supporters, by mobs chanting pro-Buhari slogans, by mobs defacing and destroying anything that had the images of Jonathan and Sambo; and the killings, butcherings, machetings, hackings, rapes, lootings, burning, wholescale arson, wanton destruction and anarchy that ravaged relentlessly, it seemed just about almost all the northern states, for many bloody days, on a scale of brutality that inflicted fresh gaping wounds over the scars of the deadened and benumbed collective soul of the nation, most especially because of the unheard of slaughter of (more and more of) those innocents, whose only crime was to answer the call of non-partisan civic duty to their country.

    As mobs chanting his name, immediately after the results of the 2011 presidential elections trickled out enough to show he had lost, as mobs chanting Buhari’s name macheted, hacked, raped, killed, as practically just about every previous Head of State, President, still living, politicians, captains of industry, religious leaders, NGOs, etc came out publicly and spoke against the killings and begged the killers to end the madness, came out publicly and appealed to Buhari to speak publicly and address his supporters to end the blood-letting, to speak out against what was happening, Buhari never spoke.

    Instead, after some days, Buhari went on Al jazeera to speak on the elections and how the elections must have been rigged and how his party would go to court.

    The Nigerian Police did not seem to realise that the proper order of things was to arrest the so-called complainant, a foreigner from Niger, an illegal alien, who had to audacity to make a complaint against a full-blooded Nigerian on his own soil, on whatever name he chooses to give his possession, and furthermore, has even, by the Police’ own witness, gathered a mob of like-minded bloodthirsty rabid rabble who have sworn to kill, to kill! this Nigerian, in Nigeria, because of his decision over his personal property which decisions contravenes absolutely no law in the Nigerian Constitution.

    Rather, instead of arresting both the foreign and home-grown would-be murderers, the police turned around and arrested the innocent victim and citizen whom they are sworn to protect and whose “friend” they spend a lot of PR money to claim and try and convince him, and us, that they are.

    Not even the fact that the murderers have already begun their killing with their theft and slaughter of Buhari, Mr. Joe Chinakwe’s dog, snapped the Nigeria Police to sanity. This man’s life has been threatened, he has been a victim of theft, now along with his rights, his property, his property/his animal has been stolen and slaughtered (dogs cost money, by the way), he is being wrongfully detained whilst his would-be murderers walk freely.

    Imagine, what would happen, if one cow was stolen from Daura and killed? Or, one cow from the Fulani terrorists/herdsmen? the herdsmen-terrorists that by Buhari’s own testimony, in Buhari’s own words were “”my people”” (Buhari’s people) and now, suddenly, jnow that he is at the helm of government and expected to move against them, through no evidence that one can see or that was offered, by the same Buhari’s testimony, are “Libyans”.

    Buhari did not speak then, when blood was being shed in his name.

    It was Buhari who said that “By the grace of God, the blood of the dog and baboon would flow in the streets.”

    In the same year, a living baboon/chimpanzee was given a new home, a sanctuary.

    Within three months, the blood of a dog flowed in the streets.

    • baybee

      August 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Did you read the part of the article quoted below? Is this about the president at all? SMH

      “Joe was first arrested on Saturday, August 13 after one of his neighbours (reported to be from Niger Republic) neighbour lodged a complaint at the Sango Police State that Chinakwe named the dog after his (neighbour’s) father, Alhaji Buhari. Read it here.”

    • Moyo

      August 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Na wah o, all this story on top of this matter that does not concern President Buhari. It is well

    • ione

      August 25, 2016 at 12:56 am

      Go and open your own blog and vent your anger there. The man is being charged for “an intentional act to cause breach of peace”. What concerns PMB here now?

      If you want to insult PMB just do already and don’t hide behind one useless case to write a notebook’s in the name you are helping that stupid man fight for his right

  6. Corolla

    August 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Silence is consent. Buhari’s silence speaks volume. I am so scared for our country.

  7. baybee

    August 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    People don’t read sha, so unfortunate. The article clearly stated the complainant and even posted a link to the main story. But no, it’s to read headline and calculate 1 + 1 as 55.

    • Nv

      September 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      You keep repeating that people don’t read but whats your point exactly? You’re not giving any valid arguments to countre the critisism, just that people don’t read.

  8. Prince Molak

    August 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Its a pity that our freedom of expression and speech is being trampled on by the administration, I miss Jonathan oo

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