Court Frees Man Who Named Dog Buhari
The name "Buhari" was what came to Joachim Iroko's mind when he wanted to baptise his dog.
Apparently because the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is his idol.
An act with good intent landed him in court, but the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Sango Ota, Ogun State, on Tuesday dismissed charges filed against him.
The magistrate, O.O. Adebo, said the prosecution failed to substantiate its case against Iroko, consequently striking out all charges preferred against him.
Iroko, 41, was arrested in August 2016 for causing a breach of peace after he was reported by his neighbour who claimed he was insensitive.
The neighbour, identified as Haliru Umar from Sokoto State, said Iroko harboured sinister motives when he gave his dog the same name as the President.
Iroko's arrest and prosecution sparked nationwide outrage in August 2016 and critics accused the police of stifling fundamental human rights.
The police denied that Iroko’s ordeal had anything to do with the president, but strictly about the breach of peace complaints received from his neighbour.
The presidency also reacted to the arrest when Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the President paid more attention to cartoon pages in the newspapers rather than following Iroko’s case.