A man, Joe Chinakwe, has been arrested in Nigeria’s Ogun State for naming his dog “Buhari”.
Chinakwe, a southerner, inscribed Buhari on both sides of the dog’s body, drawing condemnation from his neighbour, a northerner, according to a report by the Vanguard newspaper.
The unnamed neighbour reportedly filed a complaint with the police, leading to Chinakwe’s arrest.
Buhari is the surname of Nigeria's current president, who is also a northerner.
The report said Chinakwe’s relatives were afraid that he could be poisoned in police custody after the neighbour and some of his northern kinsmen threatened to kill him.
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Police said Chinakwe would be sent to court for having engaged in actions that threatened public peace.
“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 Ogun State police public relations officer, Akinbobola Opeyemi, said.
He added that the dog would be used as evidence against Chinakwe.
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