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Ogun Police Arrests Man for Naming and Inscribing “Buhari” on his Dog



Nigeria Police Bella NaijaThe Police in Ogun state has arrested a 30-year-old trader, Joe Fortmose Chinakwe, for naming his dog “Buhari”.

Vanguard reports that a neighbour lodged a complaint at the Sango Police State that Chinakwe named the dog after his (neighbour’s) father, Alhaji Buhari.

The report stated that Chinakwe, who lives at No. 10 Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, was arrested last Saturday after the complaint. The report added that efforts to secure bail for the suspect were abortive.

A relation to the suspect who identified himself as Chiedozie told Vanguard that the case has been transferred from Sango Police Station to the Ogun State Police Command Headquarters at Eleweran.

Chiedozie said that his brother was being persecuted for no just cause, adding that he is afraid he may be poisoned in the cell or be thrown into prison.

“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,” Chiedozie said.

Vanguard reports that the suspect, had allegedly directed his friends to kill the dog, so as to avoid being implicated.

Confirming the arrest, the Ogun State acting Police PRO, 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 (Wednesday). 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.

Oyeyemi said that Chinakwe will be used as evidence in court because he did not deny inscribing “Buhari” on both sides of his dog.


  1. The girl who flies planes

    August 17, 2016 at 9:29 am

    That’s all i can say!

    • Damilola

      August 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Nigerian police, justice system is a joke. I mean this administration is gradually becoming a dictatorship regime. So, a man gets arrested for inscribing Buhari on his dog but murderers, rapists, government officials who are guilty of corruption, thieves/criminals walk around freely.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      August 17, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Nne m, don’t laugh ohhh! Haaa!! My hands are now truly on my head…

      … “Suspect”??? It has reached the level of calling the arrested man a “suspect”??? Nigeria is in trouble. For the police to openly admit that they arrested a person in order to placate the feelings (FEELINGS!!!) of a particular ethnicity?? Nigeria!!!! We are in TROUBLE!!!!

  2. Busarni

    August 17, 2016 at 9:43 am

    The Nigerian police is a sham. Go after fulani herdsmen and hoodlums ravaging our society lately. Heavy hisssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  3. Spunky

    August 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I believe in freedom of expression but he took it too far. And to think he inscribed Buhari on both sides of the dog! Plain stupid. I hope the authorities grant him bail though.

    • Amaa

      August 17, 2016 at 10:25 am


  4. Darius

    August 17, 2016 at 9:52 am

    As far as I am concerned,he hasn’t done anything wrong. What he did is offensive I admit but he is within his rights.

    • V

      August 17, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      And how is it offensive ?. So is naming a dog ‘Billy’ or ‘Bobby’ offensive as well? Or is it because it’s Buhari’s name?

    • Darius

      August 17, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      He didn’t name the dog after the president. He named the dog after his neighbour’s father. Picture it this way: for instance, your surname is Adewale. Your troublesome neighbour bought a dog and named it Adewale and went ahead to inscribe the name on the dog. And just to spite you, he would come out of the house and starts calling the dog, “Adewale! Adewale! Adewale” to your hearing. How would you feel?

  5. [email protected]

    August 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

    hmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what all this… just imagine shebi nah him get DOG

  6. jayboogie

    August 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

    how do you arrest someone for naming a dog what he likes ? if the man has a good lawyer he’ll throw the police and the complainant off balance . what nonsense !

  7. yemite

    August 17, 2016 at 10:18 am

    What went wrong with that? A father can name is child any good name he wish. In america u can name ur lovely pet any name u want as long is sweet ur decision, buhari isn’t a name? Haaaaa apcccccccccc failure!!!!

    • A

      August 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Sisi yemite calm down. Did you read the story at all???? What does it have to do with apc???? Patiently read a story before you let your itching palms loose..:

    • kilipot

      August 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      What’s wrong with u, did u read what’s up at all?

  8. Prince

    August 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Its his dog and he has the right to name it whatever he chooses. What is it with all this northerners causing wahala and shit.
    The Police PRO is daft and so unintelligent and should be fired

  9. Expert

    August 17, 2016 at 10:37 am

    The man has not committed any offense and should be released immediately by NPF in line with his freedom of expression. There is no law anywhere in Nigeria against inscribing names of pet on their bodies… The name “‘Buhari/Obama/Hollande/etc”” is not copy-right protected nor is it a registered trademark, hence it is free for all. The word Buhari could have another meaning in the other 255 languages in Nigeria and thousands in the world. He has not in any form insulted or slandered the person of the President of Nigeria. This is very petty and NPF like some commentators rightly said, should focus on more pressing security challenges e.g. mass killings, armed robberies, rape/sexual violence, destruction of national assets.

    • A

      August 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Expert, your name no dey show for he comment wey u write. Go read the story well.

  10. steph

    August 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Our first Dog…I personally named it after a football player…Muller, d second one was Oscar…Here an Igbo man arrested for naming his Dog Buhari, but goats were named Jonathan and nobody arrested anybody. Somebody called us Dogs and Baboon them no arrest am oooo! Izzoriat……..kontiune

  11. FinchleysFinest

    August 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

    whats the big deal? People name dogs or pets generally . I have a dog called Troy… if a naija man decides to call his pet OBJ or Buhari or Dangote.. thats his business na… which level ? lol

    • nwa nna

      August 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      I named my pet chimp, Obasanjo because I felt it was a befitting name for it ??

  12. Art

    August 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    A man has got the right to name his dog whatever he wishes to name it, everyone must respect his wishes is and call his dog whatever he wishes ( coming to America?) heck he has the right to draw graffiti all over his dog with any name if he so wishes. Maybe morally wrong, but he has not done anything wrong in the eyes of the law, After all nothing in the constitution says otherwise. Nigerian police been falling hands since 1914.

  13. mrs chidukane

    August 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

    He did that on purpose to offend. He shouldn’t have done that for his own safety cos we know how hausas are so quick to kill over perceived grievances. However, this is busy body from Nigerian police as usual. What he did is not an offense. Even if it is, it’s definitely bailable. It can’t even attract jail time. Just a fine. They should get a good lawyer and sue the police for enforcement of human rights.

  14. shield

    August 17, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Imagine. See how they fear the Northerners so much. Why won’t this give them power to misbehave anyhow. Omase o!

  15. ATL's finest

    August 17, 2016 at 11:10 am

    ???????? I just couldn’t stop laughing hard. It’s a free world we live in and he should be allowed to name his Dog whatever pleases him :). Didn’t folks refer to OBJ as a ‘ Monkey’? I remember I go Save made a joke out of it too in one of the Nights of a thousand laugh volume. Theses Nigerian police was poking their noses in the wrong directions.

  16. Netizen

    August 17, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Yeah, there’s freedom of expression and all. But from watching ‘Judge Judy’, I think the law court can sanction you for trying to provoke violence deliberately. I mentioned ‘judge judy’ so you know this is not limited to Nigeria.

    • nwa nna

      August 17, 2016 at 11:59 am

      @Netizen,I disagree with you.. Here’s why, no other president in the US history has been called more names and disrespekted more than president Obama, even major right wing news outlets like fucx news host & their guests continually take jabs at Obama and yet America hasn’t burnt down. You know why? It’s called the freedom of speech, whether or not it’s right is another topic but nobody got arrested & put in jail..

    • Netizen

      August 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Did you read the news? This is not about the president o. Please read again.

    • ATL's finest

      August 18, 2016 at 3:10 am

      @ Nwa nna God bless U for your comment. @ Netizen check your feelings at d door & get out of it. Even Judge Judy knows the commandments..

    • ATL's finest

      August 18, 2016 at 3:11 am

      * Amendment* I meant to say

  17. nwa nna

    August 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Fvck the average Northerner! It’s called freedom of speech and people can name their pets or kids whatever they choose. Funny shyte, think I’ll name my next pet Buhari as well cause it’s a catchy pet name ??

  18. Adio_Braimoh

    August 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Oya, Buhari catch!

  19. vera paul

    August 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Pls policemen should pardon the man, since he never denied his misconduct n let him go as our god is merciful so shall man practice mercy

  20. Austin

    August 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    all those who voted for this govt of shame are very happy now,like we where told this is the beginning of more crazy things to come from This govt,

  21. marcel

    August 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    What’s more funny. Who the police will pursue a self sponsored case.

  22. NG

    August 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Any passionate lawyer in that environment should please act on this man’s behalf. We are setting ourselves up to be an intolerant society. Today it is this man, tomorrow it can be you or me, with our honest intentions misunderstood. And people are justifying the stupid police vendetta, no wonder things don’t get well in our environment

  23. Cee

    August 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Can someone conversant with Nigerian law please tell me where this case lies cause it makes no sense. Even in d litigious states I never see.


    August 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Inspector general of police call your men at Ogun State Police Command to order. This man’s right as a Nigerian has been violated by your lousy Police men. Naming a dog after someone is not a crime in Nigeria the last time I checked the Ogun State law or The Nigeria Constitution. So what’s their beef. ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi. Deserved to be fired from the Nigeria Police force for not using the opportunity which presented itself to him and his fellow police officers as a teachable moment for all parties involved to educate them that Naming a Dog after anybody is not an offence in Nigeria. Instead he allowed such stupidity to be transferred from Sango Police Station to the Ogun State Police Command. This is not the kind of a man Ogun State Police Command needs as a “PRO.” Ogun State police Command can do better than that piece of gabage. They need to appoint a man or a woman who will protect the rights of everyone concerned. This “JJC” PRO has already demonstrated he can not be trusted to protect the right of every Nigerian if appointed to such a delicate position in the State. This is not the “PRO” Ogun State Police Command needs right now. This Innocent man has done nothing wrong. Bail is free In Nigeria. Release, this man ASAP. A word is enough for the Wise.
    I ‘ m just Saying.

  25. yemite

    August 17, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I can still remember 20years ago when my sister came with her pet to Nigeria from US. She call her pet CLINTON, I was surprise n asked her does this cause u trouble in the state? She smile n replied “HOW THAT WHAT’S I LIKE AND AM HAPPY”. so therefore IG pls order ur guys to release that young man but u can ask him to get clean of the name written on the dog. Is not all matter that brought to station deserve taking to court, a police post should learn how to settle dispute, that’s what while you were call police officer. Thanks

  26. Tosin

    August 17, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Buhari is a name. The suspect may breach peace. Hmmmmmm, ok, King Solomon says:
    give this man passage to any country of his choice so that he may exercise his right to name his pets – just a visa, ticket, and one year of basic expenses.

  27. nnenne

    August 18, 2016 at 2:45 am

    So, if you are offended, buy a cat and name it Chiedozie. Do me, I do you….
    People answer Lucky and so do dogs.
    The police should apologize to the man for locking him up.
    They violated his freedom of speech and expression!

  28. tunmi

    August 18, 2016 at 4:34 am

    The police’s reply was straight to the point and easily understood. Having said that, the neighbor could have renamed anything the other neighbor’s name: a pet, his shoes, his phone, anything.

  29. mike

    August 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Bella why did u omitted where thePolice 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.”Read more at:

  30. gabbie

    August 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Is your president the only one named buhari? Doesnt he have more important issues to “fix” than gathering birth and naming records of all the dogs in the country? I really hope this is all a joke this is the reason why people from other countries will always laugh at us…smhv (shaking my head vigourously)

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