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Why we Charged Man who named his Dog ‘Buhari’ to Court – Police



Joe Chinakwe

Joe Chinakwe

The Ogun State Police Command and the Zone 2 Police Command have released separate statements on the issue of Joe Chinakwe, 40, the trader who is being prosecuted after he named his dog “Buhari”, inscribed the name on the dog, and paraded the dog on the streets in the Sango-Otta area of Ogun State.

In the statement, it was noted that the case has no connection with President Muhammadu Buhari, and that Chinakwe “was actually attacked by the people around”.

However, nothing was said concerning the people that “actually attacked” the suspect.

Read the statement from the office of the Zone 2 Police Command:

The attention of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, has been drawn to series of uncomplimentary comments and publications in respect of the case of a man, Joe Chinakwe, who was arrested and charged to court by the Ogun State Police Command for naming his dog ‘Buhari’ and wishes to state categorically that the matter was grossly misconstrued.

The Zonal Command wishes 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, Halilu Umar, all of Ketere Area, Sango Ota 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 the people around for his action before he was rescued by the police. The timely intervention of the police prevented a crisis or inter-tribal crisis in the area.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Lagos, AIG Absulmajid Ali, appeals to the general public to understand the action of the police in the matter, which is in consonance with the primary duties of the Nigeria Police Force as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and accept it as a professional way of preventing total breakdown of law and order,” the statement

In it’s own statement by its spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun state Police Command also said the president had no connection with the matter.

“The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a story in some section of the media regarding the case of Joachim Iroko who named his dog Buhari and was subsequently arrested and charged to court.

The fact of the case is that one Alhaji Halilu Umar ‘m’ of Ketere area went to Sango Police stationto report his neighbour whom he claimed provoked him by inscribing his father’s name ‘Buhari’ on both sides of his dog knowing fully well that it was his father’s name.

The suspect was invited and he did not deny the allegation. All efforts to resolve the matter amicably between the two parties proved futile and it was about to degenerate to a serious crisis within the area, hence, the command took a proactive step by charging the case to court in order to avert unnecessary blood shedding.

The command wants to make it clear to members of the public that the case has nothing to do with the President as some media are painting it to be. It is a clear case between the complainant and the suspect whose action was seen as one that is likely to cause breach of peace.

It is the duty of the police to protect life and property, and also guard it against anything that could lead to the breakdown of law and order which is exactly what we did in this case,” the statement read.


  1. Chic

    August 30, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Too much time for frivolities in this government…*smh!

  2. Linda Mwami

    August 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    We are all agreed that this guy is foolish and looking for a reaction with naming his dog Buhari, however its a disgrace that the government are ignoring the herdsmen killings in the East but are spending the countries money on this rubbish! smh

  3. Chu

    August 30, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Lies! Lies! Lies!
    They will cook up anything to absolve the president. Plausible deniability.

  4. Prince

    August 30, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Are these Police people aware that the right of that man is been trampled on. What nonsense is happening in this country these days

  5. Adio_Braimoh

    August 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    The police is your friend. It’s a compromise!


    August 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This Country (Nigeria) was not created primarily for the Muslims. Reading AIG Absulmajid Ali’s statement as to why the man ( Joe Chinakwe ) was arrested and charged to Court points to the fact that you were all biased towards him. Since Mr. Chinakwe a Christian from the Eastern part of the Country named his dog BUHARI and had the ordercity to inscribe the name on the dog’s body, the Foolish police has now decided that Mr Chinakwe must be punished in order to appease the Hausa Community in Sango Otta. Mr. Chinakwe has in no way committed any offence punishable under the Nigerian penal code. Why arrest him.? I am using this opportunity to call on the attention of the acting Inspector general of Police to caution all his men and officers to desist from using their police powers to abuse fellow Nigerians. That was a teachable moment, instead of using what happened to educate both parties about their rights under the Nigerian Constitution they (Yeye Police Officers ) blew it out or proportion by charging a no case to court. where there is a zero chance of getting a conviction. Your men and officers particularly AIG Absulmajid Ali and ASP Opeyemi should be dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force for this stupidly. Nigeria does not need this type of policemen. With all the explanations rendered. they (Police Officers ) failed to point out mr. Chinakwe’s offence. With policemen like this Nigeria is in a huge trouble than I ever imagined.

  7. Spunky

    August 30, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Although I consider his actions rather childish and foolish, he should be allowed fair hearing. I don’t understand the NPF defending or justifying their actions yet, keep him mute against his will. This is a lesson to everyone. No find trouble when dey jeje on its own.

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