Buhari-dog-naming palaver: Nigerian Head of State influencing arrest and incarceration of Joachim Chinakwe 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of influencing the arrest and incarceration of the man, Joachim Chinakwe, who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari. A section of Nigerians reacting to the arrest and incarceration alleged that Buhari was masterminding the travails of the man. Joachim Iroko, was remanded on Monday, August 22, at the Ibara Prison following his arraignment at the Ota Magistrate Court 2, Ogun state. He was charged to court by the police with conduct likely to cause breach of the peace, in a case with suit number MOT/617c/2016.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Itaita Ebibomini, the accused committed the offence on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Hausa section of Ketere Market in Sango-Ota in the Ota Magisterial District. But the accused, who was represented by a counsel, U. Michael, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The chief magistrate, B. J. Ojikutu, admitted Iroko to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be regular tax payers in the state. The accused was subsequently taken to the Ibara Prison pending when he fulfills his bail condition.

However, the jailing of the trader has fueled the narrative that President Buhari might have masterminded the incarceration of the man to teach him a lesson. Some Nigerians have accused the president of displaying dictatorial tendencies for persecuting the man because he named his dog ‘Buhari’.