As expected, ‘Buhari’ dog owner goes to jail


The Ota Magistrate Court 2, Ogun State has ordered that the man who named his dog Buhari, Joachim Iroko, aka Joe, be remanded at the Ibara Prison following his arraignment at the Court.

The prosecutor, Inspector Itaita Ebibomini, who said the accused committed the offence on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Hausa section of Ketere Market in Sango-Ota in the Ota Magisterial District, added that the offence was punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Law of Ogun State, Nigeria, 2016.

When asked by the Magistrate, the accused, who was represented by a counsel, U. Michael, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The charge reads in part: “That you, Joachim Iroko, aka Joe, and others still at large, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at about 5.30pm at the Ketere area, Sango, in the Ota Magisterial District did conduct yourselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace, by writing a name, Buhari, on a dog and parading same in the Hausa section of Ketere Market, Sango, thereby, committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Law of Ogun State, Nigeria, 2016.”

However, his counsel pleaded that the accused should be granted bail. The prosecutor did not oppose the application for bail.

The Chief Magistrate, B. J. Ojikutu, admitted Iroko to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be regular taxpayers in the state.

“They must attach four passport photographs each to the bail bond, depose to affidavits of being gainfully employed, and reside in the court’s jurisdiction,” he added.

The case was adjourned till September 19, 2016.

Iroko, who had been formerly identified as Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, was arrested on Saturday, August 13, after one of his neighbours, who is of Northern extraction, complained that Joe named the dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.

As at the time of filing this report, family members of the accused are yet to meet the bail terms to secure his release.


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