Woman Trader Arrested For Calling Dog 'Buhari'

A 30-year-old trader has been arrested by police in Ogun State for naming his dog 'Buhari'.

The trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, of No. 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was reportedly arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbors of northern descent complained bitterly that he had been taking his dog to his father, Alhaji Buhari , had mentioned.

Vanguard learned that the complainant reported the matter at Sango Police Station last Saturday, following which the trader was arrested and detained.

However, it was found that attempts by the police to recover the dog, which they wanted to use as evidence, failed after a clever move by the suspect.

The trader, who allegedly traded feminine clothes at a popular market in Sango, is said to have secretly ordered his friends to kill the dog and possibly eat its meat to avoid being implicated. It was gathered that the persistent appeals by his friends and associates to the police to release him on bail failed as the complainant and his relatives allegedly threatened to kill the trader if he was released on bail.

However, the matter took another dimension two days later when Chinakwe's family members went to Sango Police Station to further plead for his bail but were told that the file and the suspect had been transferred to the Ogun State Police Command headquarters in Eleweran.

A relative of the suspect, who identified himself simply as Chiedozie, told Vanguard that his brother was being prosecuted without just cause and expressed fears that he would either be poisoned in police custody or thrown in jail.

Chiedozie said: “Chinakwe is a lover of dogs and he names them after things that tickle him. He bought this dog a year ago and named him Buhari. Unfortunately, some Northerners, who dominate the area where he lives, misinterpreted his intention and decided to arrest him. The complainant then claimed it was derogatory because his father Buhari replied.”

However, police sources told Vanguard that the suspect's actions were “highly 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 it around the Northerners-dominated neighborhood.”

When contacted at about 8pm yesterday, the Acting Police Spokesperson in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, ASP, said he was still trying to contact the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sango for details.

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