Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, 30, was unconditionally released yesterday, after he was arrested for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’. He was released after the intervention of both the Serkin Hausa and President-General of non-indigenes in the state.
Both the complainant and Chinakwe, a father-of-two from the Niger Delta, were allegedly made to sign an undertaking not to cause any breach of peace again.
Speaking to Vanguard, Chinakwe said;
“It is annoying because the complainant is from Niger Republic and I am sure he is one of those illegal aliens in this country.
He connived with one Police Sergeant from the Northern part of Nigeria called Musa, to humiliate me. Worse still, the D.P.O there, did not help matters as he refused to entertain any plea from me. I did not commit any offence. I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, who is my hero..
My admiration for Buhari started far back when he was a military Head of State. It continued till date that he is a civilian President. After reading his dogged fight against corruption, which is like a canker worm eating into the very existence of this country, I solely decided to rename my dog after him.
I did not know that I was committing an offence for admiring Buhari. I was intimidated and thrown inside the cell with hardened criminals. While I was there, the complainant and Musa, 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.
Even when my wife came with our baby on her back, they stopped her from giving me food. One of my friends that came to see me was also maltreated. While taking me to the police headquarters the next day, they handcuffed and chained me together with that my friend.
Fortunately, when we got to there, both the Commissioner of Police and other officers were angry and wondered why I was brought there over such a minor case. It’s very unfortunate that I have to be so humiliated in my own country because of the antics of a foreigner in connivance with my brother from the North.”