Man arraigned for naming dog Buhari granted bail
Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, aka Joachim Iroko, the man who named his dog ‘Buhari’, was yesterday arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun State. The accused faced a one-count charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
The prosecutor, Itaita Ebibomini, told the court that the accused committed the offence on August 13 at the Hausa section of Ketere Market in Sango-Ota, Ota Magisterial District. Ebibomini, a police inspector, said the offence is punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.
The charge read: “That you Joachim Iroko, aka Joe and others still at large, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, around 5:30p.m. at Ketere area Sango, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace, by writing a name ‘Buhari’ on a dog and parading same in the Hausa section of Ketere Market Sango and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.”
At the hearing, the accused, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, was represented by a counsel, U. Michael. The counsel pleaded that the accused be granted bail, as the offence was a bailable one. The prosecutor did not oppose the plea for bail.
The Chief Magistrate, B. J. Ojikutu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 and two sureties. The magistrate thereafter adjourned the case to September 19.
The accused was arrested on Saturday after one of his neighbours complained that he named the dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.
The accused was first taken to Sango Police Station, from where he was transferred to State Command Headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta. He was yet to meet all the bail conditions at the time of this report.