The Man that named his Dog Buhari "SAGA" and "UPDATE"

It is no longer news about what the man that name his dog Buhari is passing through. Here, we are trying as much to bring you the latest information about the man, the police and public reactions.
Joe Fortemose Chinakwe is a 30-years trader, living in No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State. He bought a dog and decided to give 'him" a named and choose Buhari.


The Arrest 

Joe was arrested on August 17, 20162:56 according to News, TrendingComments By Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor Sango-ota—A 30-year-old trader has been arrested by the police in Ogun state for naming his pet 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 neighbours of Northern extraction complained bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari. Newsmen learned that the complainant reported the case at Sango Police Station, last Saturday, after which the trader was arrested and detained.

 However, it was gathered that efforts by the police to recover the dog, which they intended using as evidence failed following a clever move by the suspect. The trader, said to be trading in female wears at a popular market in Sango, allegedly directed his friends secretly to kill the dog and possibly eat the meat in order to avoid being implicated. It was gathered that consistent appeals by his friends and relations for the police to grant him bail failed as the complainant and his kinsmen reportedly threatened to kill the trader if he was released on bail.

 Trader denied bail The case, however, took a different dimension two days later when Chinakwe’s relatives went to Sango police station to further plead for his bail only to be informed that the case file and the suspect have been transferred to Ogun State Police Command headquarters at Eleweran.

 A relation to the suspect, who simply identified himself as Chiedozie, told Newsmen that his brother was being persecuted for no just cause and expressed fears that he may either be poisoned inside police cell or thrown into 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 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.”

 Police sources, however, told Newsmen 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.”

 As at press time, relations to the suspect were still making frantic efforts to effect his bail while his accusers are insisting that he must be prosecuted.

 Police confirms arrest When contacted around 8pm yesterday, the acting Police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, ASP, said he was still trying to get the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Sango for details. Oyeyemi later called, stating that: “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.”

 Continuing, he said: “He was arrested last Saturday and we are taking him to court later today (Tuesday) or tomorrow morning (today). 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.” When asked about the whereabouts of the dog that will be used as evidence against the suspect, the police spokesman said: “The dog cannot follow anybody except the owner. We will use him as our evidence because he did not deny it.


His Release

Joe was released On August 25, 20162:59
Joe Chinakwe, the trader who was charged in Ogun State for allegedly naming and inscribing ‘Buhari’ on his pet dog, has been released from prisons after meeting his bail conditions. Mr. Chinakwe faces a one-count charge of intention to cause breach of public peace. He was arraigned before Bolaji Ojikutu of Sango-Otta Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning and was subsequently granted a N50,000 bail. 

He was transferred to prisons while his family sought money for his released. Chinakwe met his bail conditions yesterday after receiving about N90,000 through fundraising appeal coordinated by a human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong.

 He was released around noon on Thursday and went straight to his residence in Sango-Otta, Ogun State. The trade was first arrested on August 14 after police received complaints from a neighbour, Halilu Umar, that he had named his dog ‘Buhari’ in an apparent attempt to ridicule his father, whose name is ‘Alhaji Buhari’.  


His Re-arrest

The Ogun State Police Command yesterday, said it had rearrested Mr. Joe Chinakwe, who named his pet dog Buhari, noting that the suspect would be arraigned in court on Monday. It also stated that Chinakwe, who was earlier released a few days ago, was picked up again based on its belief that the suspect’s action was capable of provoking an ethnic-religious crisis.

 Newsmen had exclusively reported the three-day detention and subsequent release of the 30-year old after the intervention of the Serkin Hausa and President-General of non-indigence in the state. He was taken into custody after one of his neighbours, who was later found out to be a Nigerien complained that the dog was named after his father, Alhaji Buhari.

 It was learned that the prompt intervention of the elders made the complainant to withdraw the case at Sango-Ota Division. Police sources had earlier told Newsmen that upon his release, the father of two, who hails from Ukwunzu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and the complainant were made to sign an undertaking not to cause any breach of peace. In the light of these, the suspect’s arrest yesterday opened another page on the matter that had aroused public interest. 

However, the state’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen that Chinakwe was rearrested yesterday to prevent the state from being plunged into crisis, adding that the complainant and his sympathizers had threatened to kill the suspect. He further stated that the suspect was being held at the Criminal Investigation Department of the command, noting that the arrest was done to save Chinakwe’s life. In addition, the Police mouthpiece said the suspect, had confessed that he named his pet dog Buhari and had the name written on the body of the dog. 

His words: “The man is here with us. He is at the Criminal Investigation Department. The charge will be prepared here and he will be arraigned at Sango Magistrate Court on Monday. “He is going to court on Monday because what he did was highly provocative. It can cause an ethnic and religious crisis. We have to be proactive; we cannot fold our arms and allow the state to be plunged into crisis. “In fact, the arrest was made to save the suspect’s life because the complainant and his group have threatened to kill him if he comes back and this may trigger violence”. 

Further investigation by Newsmen showed that the Police had not recovered the dog which may likely serve as evidence

What Police says


The police on Monday decried public comments linking President Muhammadu Buhari with the ongoing saga over a dog named “Buhari” in Ogun State.

A 30-year old trader, Joe Chinakwe, was recently arrested and arraigned in court for allegedly naming his dog “Buhari.” He has since been granted bail.

Some members of the public have however associated the president with the matter.
The Ogun State Police Command and Zone 2 Police Command, in separate statements, said series of uncomplimentary remarks against the president over the case were uncalled for.

In the statement by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, the police said the matter was grossly misconstrued, explaining that the president has nothing to do with it as it was erroneously perceived‎.
The police explained that the case before it showed that one Alhaji Buhari, the father of the complainant, Haliru Umar, both of who live in Ketere Area of Sango Ota in Ado/Odo-Ota LGA of the state, were involved.

The statement said, “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, Alhaji Halilu Umar, all of Ketere Area, Sango Ota in Ado Odo Otta Local Government Area of Ogun State

President Reaction

President Muhammadu Buhari saw the arrest and prosecution Joachim Iroko, a 41 year old trader arrested by the police in Ogun State for naming his dog ‘Buhari,’ as “a ‘laughable incident”, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said late Thursday.

In a short reaction posted on his Twitter handle, Mr. Shehu said those criticising Mr. Buhari for failing to act on the matter were in “ignorance of the type of person he is.”

“He enjoys cartoons and likes sharing them. The ones he enjoys the most are those that caricature him,” Mr. Shehu said. “People should listen to the real story behind this dog incident and to not waste precious time seeking the hand of the President in a laughable incident!”

Mr. Shehu’s comment was the first time the Buhari administration would comment on the development, which has grabbed the headlines for nearly two weeks and sparked debates about free speech.

A Threat to His Life

Joachim Iroko Chinakwe and his wife, Mrs Ifeoma Chinakwe, no longer live in their home in Ogun state because of fear – Chinakwe was arrested, detained and arraigned for naming his dog after Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Just back from detention, Joachim Iroko Chinakwe and his wife, Mrs Ifeoma Chinakwe, have intimated the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) of the rising threats to their lives.
Newsmen gathered that in the evening of Thursday, August, 25, 2016, Iroko and his wife observed strange individuals lurking within the precinct of their residential apartment in Sango Ota, Ogun state. On noticing the suspicious movements, he took his wife and two children to where they could get a vehicle to convey them to a relation’s house to pass the night.

 As Mrs Ifeoma Chinakwe who is heavily pregnant was about entering a commercial bus with her children to where their relation resides, some unidentified men who spoke in Hausa language pointed at her and made comments which she did not understand. 

Luckily, another female passenger who is conversant with Hausa language and heard the comments made by the men who pointed at Mrs Ifeoma asked her if she offended the men. 

The men were saying that her husband is the ‘troublesome’ man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari. That she and her husband can continue running but that they will be caught. “Upon the translation of the threatening comments made by the unknown men, Mrs Ifeoma called her husband immediately and asked him to leave the house. Chinakwe rushed out to his friend’s apartment where he passed the night.”

 “We have equally been informed by Chinakwe and his wife that they have observed that since Chinakwe was released from prison custody, the complainant (by name Musa) who reported him to the police has been roaming their residential area in an observatory and very suspicious manner which has made them apprehensive.

 “Some spirited residents of Sango Ota community have been advising the Chinakwes’ to be very vigilant and possibly relocate from their community for their safety. Though they have expressed readiness to relocate to a safer area, they are constrained by paucity of funds. “Given this troubling state of affairs, we advised Chinakwe to make an official report of the seeming and continuous threats to his life and family to the nearest police station. 

Consequent to the above, Chinakwe on Saturday, 27th August, 2016 reported the threats to the Divisional Police Station, Sango Ota. “The Investigation Police Officer (IPO) in charge of the case at the Ogun State Police Headquarters, Abeokuta has equally been notified.” While Chinakwe was in custody, his pet dog, ‘Buhari’ was killed by unknown persons. 

The organization headed by Inibehe Effiong said since Thursday, 25th August, Iroko and his family have been squatting outside. “They only visit their apartment in the day. They are currently restless because of this pervasive sense of insecurity. It has been a harrowing experience for them, especially for the heavily pregnant Mrs Ifeoma and their two children.
“We solicit the urgent intervention of the government, human rights community, security agencies, media, government, international community and the general public in this matter. “The right to life is sacred and guaranteed by the provisions of section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended); Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 1981 and Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.
Every citizen of Nigeria, irrespective of his or her ethnic, religious or political identity and economic or social status should be treated with dignity and accorded equal protection by the law and the government,” Effiong said .
Foreign media reaction

Foreign media tag arrest of man in Buhari dog saga 'weird' Akinyemi Akinrujomu 5 days ago 192552 Share on Facebook, Share on Twitter Send email – The international media has given its version of the arrest of the man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari because he admires him a lot.

 Some of them claim that the police was overzealous in its handling of the case while others say that Chinakwe committed the act in a place where the president was popular.

Twitters users reacted to the arrest with a mixture of amusement and concern.

"If we keep quiet when they arrest the man who named his dog Buhari who will talk for us when they arrest us for criticizing the real Buhari?" said Reno Omokri.

His Own Reaction

I named these dogs after my role models. My late dog was named after Nelson Mandela. I don’t just give any name to my dogs. “I give reputable names to my dogs. It is love I have for Buhari; he is my role model.

 “Buhari is not the President of the North. He is the President of Nigeria. I see no reason why Northerners should intimidate me: Nigeria is one.

 “I see no reason why they will be intimidating me. It is my right to name my dog any name. “Thank God, I have regained my freedom. 

The most painful thing is the way they treated my dog. I am not happy that they killed my dog, while I was in detention. “It is my dog, it is my pet. I love my dogs. They have no right to kill my dog.“Nigerians should know that there are other dogs in other areas that bear Jack as name. Why is Buhari so special. It is a name that has been existing for several years.”

Just as I promised to keep bringing update about this man 

  He finally named his daughter Aisha.

Mr. Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, also known as the man who named his dog Buhari, has reportedly named his newborn daughter Aisha.
The Ogun State based trader, on Sunday, sparked another social media controversy as he supposedly named his baby girl after the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari.

This information was revealed in a series of tweets by a Lagos based lawyer and human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong who added that the 30-year-old named the 3-day-old baby two names; Mise and Aisha.

It would be recalled that Chinakwe was arrested and arraigned before Bolaji Ojikutu of Sango-Otta Magistrate’s Court Ogun State by the police for naming his dog Buhari. He was charged for conduct likely to cause breach of public peace.

He was subsequently granted a N50, 000 bail and freed from detention after he fulfilled his bail condition following a fundraising appeal coordinated by Inibehe Effiong.


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