Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, the man who was arrested in Ogun State for naming his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari in Sango, Ogun State, and even went a step further to write the name on both sides of the pet body was on Monday arraigned before a Sango Magistrate Court 1.
Chinakwe, who was subsequently arrested was let off the hook, only to be invited again by the police on Friday and detained till Monday (today) morning when her was docked at the Sango Magistrate Court 1.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him.
His counsel who would not disclose his name, had pleaded with the judge, Mr. Ojikutu to discountenance the hype the matter is enjoying in the matter and allow the accused access to bail so that he can be well prepared for the case.
His defence hinged on the fact that the offence committed is only punishable by three months imprisonment should the accused is eventually found guilty, stressing that such penalty is too trivial to make his client jump bail.
Responding, Ojikutu ruled that Chinakwe be granted bail with two sureties with property worth fifty thousand naira (N50,000), proof of regular tax payment, and work identification card.
Chinakwe, a trader, who lives at No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was arrested last weekend after one of his neighbours, a northerner, reported him to the police at Sango Police Station, accusing him of naming his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.
The report said the 30-year-old suspect wrote ‘Buhari’ on both sides of the dog body, an act that was perceived by people of northern extraction in the neighbourhood where Chinakwe lives as an attempt to derogate President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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,” the acting Police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, ASP, had said
Chinakwe who was arrested after his action was subsequently released after the police authorities frowned at his arrest by the Sango Police division, and ordered his release.
“I had been arrested before and released before the police invited me again and detained me since Friday. I have faced series of intimidation. I was thrown inside the cell with hardened criminals for about three days. While I was there, the complainant from Niger Republic and Sergeant Musa from the North kept on taunting me saying people from my part of the country are trouble makers and that after detaining me, they will throw me into prison where I will die unsung,” Chinakwe recounted.
Chinakwe who sells Okrika at the Sango market said he christened his dog ‘Buhari’, for his admiration for the president whom he referred to as his hero. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
One Aliu Umar and the I P O stood as witnesses against him in the case.
By Gboyega Adeoye