The Assistant Inspector-General of Police for the Zone II Command Headquarters in Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali, yesterday asked the case files of a man alleged to have named his dog ‘Buhari’ should be transferred to his desk for further actions.
The Zone II Command covered Lagos and Ogun States.
It would be recalled that 30 years old Joe Chinakwe, was arrested and detained for three days in a police cell in Sango Otta, Ogun State, recently after a neighbour complained that he named his dog Buhari.
The neighbour, who police identified as Halilu Umar from Sokoto State, allegedly told the police that Chinakwe’s decision was aimed at spitting and ridiculing his father who also happened to be named Alhaji Buhari and Chinakwe was immediately arrested and detained for three days without bail.
Chinakwe had reportedly explained that he named his dog Buhari out of personal affection he had for President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was however, rearrested on Friday after a brief freedom he was granted by the police.
According to the Ogun state police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, “For now, the AIG Zone II has called for a meeting that we want to call the parties involved in the matter to see how the matter could be resolved,”
Police said they rearrested Chinakwe ahead of his arraignment before a Magistrate’s Court on Monday as well as to guarantee his safety, having been allegedly threatened by neighbours.
Oyeyemi said since AIG Ali had expressed his interest in the case and wanted to broker a peace amongst the parties involved, Chinakwe might not be charged to court again on Monday.
“The matter may likely not go to court again on Monday,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.