A trader, Joe Chinakwe in Ogun State has been arrested for naming his his dog ‘Buhari’.
The arrest was made after Chinakwe’s angry neighbour from the Northern part of Nigeria, reported the matter to men of the Ogun state Police command.
The complainant claimed the 30-year-old trader named the dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari, and went ahead to boldly inscrib ‘Buhari’ on the animal he flaunts around in the Hausa dominated area.
Relatives of the suspect who could not secure his bail since Saturday when he was arrested, claimed their brother was being detained and punished for no just cause.
The trader,s brother, identified as Chidozie told Vanguard that, “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.”
A Police source describing Chinakwe’s action as provocative 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.”