Police in Zone II Command has said that the case of a man who names his dog Buhari in Sango area of Ogun State, Joe Chinakwe has nothing to do with President Muhmadu Buhari.
In a statement made available yesterday by the zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, the police said the matter was grossly misconstrued.
Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police explained that the case was about one Alhaji Buhari whose biological son, Halilu Umar felt slighted by naming the dog after his father.
The PPRO explained that charging the man to court also had nothing to do with naming the dog Buhari, but the likely breach of peace in the area in the circumstance.
He explained that the suspect, who had been having conflicts with people of his neighborhood in Ketere area of Sango Ota local government was also parading the dog amongst the people.
The Police said the suspect had earlier been attacked by the people of the area and was saved by the quick intervention of the police.
The statement read, “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 Mohammad Buhari, but with one Alhaji Buhari, the biological father of the complainant, Alhaji Halilu Umar, all of Ketere Area, Sango otta 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 Zonal Command therefore sought the understanding of members of the public on the action of the man.
It said the case was capable of causing breach of public peace, an offense the man was actually charged for under section 249(d) of the Criminal Code.
The Police further said that the action of the police 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.

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