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A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by naijaboiy: 9:54am On Aug 20, 2016
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I was chilling in the confines of my comfort when a friend of mine happened on me. Being a curious English Student who found interest in the mores of the legality or otherwise of police actions, he quizzed me on the propriety of the arrest of One Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, a 40 year old purple seller in flea markets. News had it that the man was arrested because he sobriquetted his beautiful dog, BUHARI, the very name of the Nigerian President. Mr. Chinakwe was incarcerated for no less than 3 days.

According to Mr. Chinakwe, the reasons for christening his dog with Buhari as a name, were genuine and in good faith. When asked, he responded by saying:

“I named it Buhari because I found out that the dog is strong. After buying the dog, I named it Bully because of the way it behaved. I decided to change it to Buhari because Buhari, being a military man, the same time, coming back for the second time as a civilian President, he stands on his word. That is how my dog stands on his actions. So, I love the name so much and as such decided to give it to my dog. I was very surprised how a foreigner who lives around here came and said his father’s name was Alhaji Buhari. I have no business with and he went ahead to tell the police. They came to me that night and I was arrested.”

Now, the question that is striking for comfort is whether his action was enough to have him arrested for and tried in court accordingly? In answering this question, I’ll be completely disinterested and non-committal; the Law is the guide here..

Foremost, the extent of the powers of the Police Force in Nigeria is provided for in Section 4 of the Police Act, 2004. The police have the power to protect lives, safeguard property of citizens, intervene and ensure public peace, prevent crimes and ensure the prosecution of criminals as well. Then entire powers of the police force is not Civil but revolves around a Criminal spectrum. Many persons who read the news of how a man called his dog Buhari raised dusts and claimed it was defamatory. However, if indeed it were defamatory, the police has no business in a civil matter. It is the person who has been “defamed“, in this case being the president that has the right to sue for the tortious act of defamation. On the issue of defamation as argued by some persons including lawyers, I hold the opinion that the involvement of the police in arresting the 40 year old man was an act of putting the cart before the horse. Beginning with an arrest in a defamatory matter opens the police service commission to a can of worms as the aggrieved victim of unnecessary incarceration may ventilate his rights and sue for false imprisonment and violation of his Right to Personal Liberty as guaranteed abundantly under Section 35 of the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended). On the other hand, it may be argued that President Buhari cannot possibly sue in defamation since he would require the help of Policemen to ensure that Mr. Chinakwe does not take to his heels. However, this argument is unfounded in law. A civil claim is a personal action. Buhari may not even be aware of this act in the face place and if he is aware and aggrieved, his civil action is in Defamation and is only redressible by him alone, like other civil actions. Against the backdrop of defamation, it was absolutely wrong to have had him arrested as that amounts to a violation of his rights to Personal Liberty and Freedom of Movement contained in Sections 35 and 41 of the fons et origo, the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999.

Secondly, Many have argued also that the man has done no wrong and that he has a right to call his dog whichever name he seems fit. This argument at first blush seems valid. Juxtaposing Nigeria with a Country such as America where anyone could call his dog BARACK or BUSH and not be encumbered by the litigious government, One may conclude that Mr. Chinakwe was done nothing to deserve the arrest. To a very Large extent, I agree that he has done nothing legally reprehensible (I am not concluding conclusively). Every citizen of Nigeria has a right to call his beast any name that tickles his fancy after all, no one person is exclusively entitled to a single name.

Sometimes, we may be tempted to feel spited or embarrassed when our names are akin to demeaning animals especially when our names are unnaturally peculiar, and the animals in question carry the necessary connotations of uncouth, savage and philistine behaviours. However, this spite is not always redressible or ventilated in Law. The constitution provides in Section 39 that every person shall have the right to freedom of expression including the right to freely hold opinions. Indeed, Mr. Chinakwe mentioned that he loves the strength of his dog and as such, he decided to give it the name Buhari as he loved the strength and authority the President commanded and still commands from his Military rulership to this current civilian dispensation. This is an opinion he freely holds. He has a right to his dog Buhari as long as it was done in good faith and without malice or an intention to invite the public and cause general unrest..

However, the second view explained above is circumscribed greatly by the nuances of Law. As a citizen of Nigeria, you are entitled to a deluge of rights, couched in flowery legal finesse and scattered across a glut of statutes. It will be your undoing to think that these laws are absolute, and of Catholic application. To every rule, there is an exception and to every principle, a limitation.

A very deep consideration of the legality of the arrest of the 40 year old Mr. Chinakwe brings to glare that the Police was right in causing him to be arrested and put behind bars until he was subsequently released. I hold this view in consideration of the fact that Mr. Chinakwe cannot be said to have named his dog Buhari without any form of malice or intention to invite the public. It was reported that Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, a trader in Ogun state has been arrested for naming his dog Buhari. Chinakwe was arrested after one of his neighbours of Northern extraction complained bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari the President. According to Vanguard, Chinakwe told his friend to kill the dog and eat the meat as his accuser and his kinsmen reportedly threatened to kill the trader if he was released on bail.

The Divisional Police officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi who was in charge of the station at Sango commented during press interrogations: “I have made enquiries. 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.”

Why would he inscribe “Buhari” as the dog’s name on both sides of the dog, in a locality largely dominated by northerners. It was also reported that they warned him of it and he had had a prior problem with some of them. The act of inscribing “Buhari” on the both sides of the dog was a conduct likely to cause breach of peace. It is a crime to breach peace and unsettle the minds of the populace. The police has every right to effect an arrest in that regard. The act of brandishing a dog with a name which, to the knowledge of the person so doing, is likely to irk the public, is contrary to Section 88A of the Criminal Code CAP C38, 2004 as it is the act of provoking breach of peace by offensive publication.

Again, the issue of his constitutional right of freedom of expression may be raised again. However, I humbly think that the constitution aids the police in this regard. Section 45 (1) (a)(b) of the Constitution Of Nigeria, 1999 provides that Section 39 (freedom of expression) shall not be used to invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society in the interest of defence, public safety, public peace and for the purpose of protecting the rights of other citizens. It therefore means that Mr. Chinakwe may not be able to rely on his freedom of expression to obviate from the miasma he has enveloped himself unless the public unrest abates.

Thankfully, his release from prison bars was expedited and effected by the chief and the Sarkin of the community he resides as the issue had been settled amongst them. It must be noted that the Law is it inflexible. One cannot rely on a law to fan the embers of his malicious intentions. Other laws are there to regiment such conflagration of acute foolhardiness by insensate citizens. It is of sweetening interest that the Constitution never laid a hard and fast rule in respect of fundamental rights, rather, a volatile expression of rights and circumscribing factors to such rights were espoused. Calling your dog any name you deem fit us not a problem. Caution must be employed in place of valour. Such names must not be such as to cause public unrest or become inconsistent with the exercise of common sense.

Again, any wise person must refrain from tongue lashing the police force at every effort or move they make towards quelling unrest. The powers and rights of the Police Force are far-reaching. A proper consideration of Section 4 of the Police Act speaks volume of the colossal powers that inures to them. Be at peace with yourself and with the public. Enjoy and ventilate your rights in a manner that is not inconsistent with the rights and liberties of others. Only then can the law aid in your wailings behind the bars when rendered incommunicado.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by taylor88(m): 9:55am On Aug 20, 2016
flavour named his dogs 2pac, nikki, miley, major banks and Jayz



so what's the big deal there..has he been arrested


is he (buhari) d only one with such nomenclature


naija can mumu ooo

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by alberto2k(m): 9:59am On Aug 20, 2016
It's a Naming Ceremony Season!


I just named our new Ram "Lai Mohammed" *

and

named My RED head C0ck "Solomon Dalong"


infact i will start naming every domestic Animal after any of Those Hediots Putting My Beloved Nigeria through Shiiit! cry

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by naijaboiy: 10:03am On Aug 20, 2016
taylor88:
nope
Maybe if you read through your answer may be quite different.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by naijaboiy: 10:04am On Aug 20, 2016
Lalasticlala what do you think?
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by Nobody: 10:21am On Aug 20, 2016
I named it Buhari because I found out that the dog is strong. After buying the dog, I named it Bully because of the way it behaved. I decided to change it to Buhari because Buhari, being a military man, the same time, coming back for the second time as a civilian President, he stands on his word. That is how my dog stands on his actions. So, I love the name so much and as such decided to give it to my dog.

The above had me in stitches gringringringringrin

All I see is the direct opposite tongue

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by jezrael001(m): 10:43am On Aug 20, 2016
skarlett:


The above had me in stitches gringringringringrin

All I see is the direct opposite tongue
lol and I also found out that the dog was fantastically kwarupt

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by attackgat: 10:48am On Aug 20, 2016
A clear case of an Igbo man being victimised by Northerners who control power

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by csamii: 10:48am On Aug 20, 2016
Why should Igbos concern themselves with the actions of a Delta man for the second time?

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by Nobody: 10:56am On Aug 20, 2016
Lol.........the man sefgrin.......
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by Wadeoye(m): 11:13am On Aug 20, 2016
I pity that Igbo... he is going to jail and it will serve as a deterrent to others who like to provoke others.

The samething these people do in the north that makes northerners swoop on them.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by OlanreJohnson: 11:20am On Aug 20, 2016
First 50% is laudable, second 50% is CRAP. You cannot approbrate and reprobate at the same time in LAW.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by madenigga(m): 2:04pm On Aug 20, 2016
attackgat:
A clear case of an Igbo man being victimised by Northerners who control power
Shutup he is not an igbo man...

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by madenigga(m): 2:06pm On Aug 20, 2016
Wadeoye:
I pity that Igbo... he is going to jail and it will serve as a deterrent to others who like to provoke others.

The samething these people do in the north that makes northerners swoop on them.
So delta state has become igbo land because iy involves crime but d moment u hear Biafra or Oil u wud say der is no igbo in delta state

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by attackgat: 3:05pm On Aug 20, 2016
madenigga:

Shutup he is not an igbo man...

What is he then? Or didn't you catch his last name?

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by Wadeoye(m): 3:11pm On Aug 20, 2016
attackgat:


What is he then? Or didn't you catch his last name?

Do we even need a name to know the face on display is igbo?

By the way, there are igbos in delta though they call them fake igbos.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by madenigga(m): 3:11pm On Aug 20, 2016
attackgat:


What is he then? Or didn't you catch his last name?
Ok chinakwe is igbo but Rotimi Amaechi is Niger deltan ryt?

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by attackgat: 3:21pm On Aug 20, 2016
madenigga:

Ok chinakwe is igbo but Rotimi Amaechi is Niger deltan ryt?

There is no tribe in Nigeria called Niger Delta. When you find out the name of their tribes, come back and tell me

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by madenigga(m): 3:23pm On Aug 20, 2016
attackgat:


There is no tribe in Nigeria called Niger Delta. When you find out the name of their tribes, come back and tell me
Mumu ipob youth

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by chimaobinelson(m): 4:27pm On Aug 20, 2016
how can all d police in a station hav issues mentally same time:>(
Hes Nigerian president n not Northerners president..
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by veekid(m): 4:27pm On Aug 20, 2016
embarassed
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by jmoore(m): 4:27pm On Aug 20, 2016
Why should “an average Northerner” feel bad because someone named his dog “Buhari”? Is President Muhammadu Buhari the president of Nigeria or the president of the North? While it is morally imperative for the office and person of the president to be respected by all, refusal to accord Buhari “respect” is not a crime.
He is the President of '97%' according to his '5% statement'




There is a distinction between calling President Muhammadu Buhari a dog on the one hand and naming a pet dog “Buhari”. While the former on the face of it is offensive and derogatory of the president, the latter may be either innocous or derogatory depending on the circumstances and motive of the owner of the dog. However, none of the two cases can justify arrest, detention or prosecution. The reason being that no criminal offence is committed in either cases.
Well, it is a criminal offence according to the constitution of Zoo republic. You can ask any 'Stupid Advovate of Nigeria' for clarification




At worst, such “conduct” is merely ‘contra bonos mores’ (Against good morals) but not ‘contra pacem’ (Against public peace) in the sense of being a breach of the criminal law. The maxim is ‘nullum crimen nulla poena sine lege’, that is, there is no crime nor punishment except in accordance with law.
Oyibo, supu the latin there grin grin




The owner of the dog told Vanguard that he actually named the dog “Buhari” because of his “admiration” for Buhari who he said is his hero. Even if he did so out of sheer animosity and disdain for President Muhammadu Buhari, it will still not justify his arrest and detention. There is nothing sacred about the name Buhari in the eyes of the law. Our president is not the only person bearing Buhari.
Is Buhari god? May be zombies worship him as a god.




The allegation by the police that Chinakwe inscribed “Buhari” on both sides of his dog’s body and walked around with it does not make any difference. It is fashionable for people to give dogs human names. It is also fashionable for pet dogs to be carried around. Some people even go the extent of putting dogs in their vehicles and sleeping with them on the same bed.
Police no get sense na, how can they know that?




If there was a law that criminalize the “conduct” of giving a human name to a dog, it would have had a universal application in the country or any part thereof where same is enacted.

In other words, it would not only be a criminal offence for a person to name his or her dog “Buhari”, it would also be a crime for a dog to be named Moses, Musa, Antonio, Chukwu, Okon, Babalola, Christiana, Halima and so on.
Yes, it should be criminal to name a dog Jack, Johnbull etc.

Truly illiteracy breeds ignorance. The illiterates, both educated illiterates and non-educated illiterates are the ones keeping this country backwards.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by YonkijiSappo: 4:28pm On Aug 20, 2016
Stop over flogging the issue abeg.
That one don pass b dat.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by LORDOFAFONJAS: 4:30pm On Aug 20, 2016
may it not be well with lugard in hell

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by jmoore(m): 4:31pm On Aug 20, 2016
The article was written by Zombie Advocate of Nigeria.

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by Lovelynature(m): 4:32pm On Aug 20, 2016
This guy case keep rising. God help him
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by viviangist: 4:33pm On Aug 20, 2016
NOT PET SECTION .... PUT IT IN POLITICS SECTION PLEASE
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by oladipo322(m): 4:36pm On Aug 20, 2016
y won't he say such when when he say d police even when he meant d over way round “I named it Buhari because I found out that the dog is strong. After buying the dog, I named it Bully because of the way it behaved. I decided to change it to Buhari because Buhari, being a military man, the same time, coming back for the second time as a civilian President, he stands on his word
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by wapers7701: 4:38pm On Aug 20, 2016

Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by missKiffy(f): 4:38pm On Aug 20, 2016
Absolutely Unnecessary

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Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by madenigga(m): 4:40pm On Aug 20, 2016
H
Re: A Dog Named "Buhari"; Police Intervention Necessary? by neowelsh(m): 4:42pm On Aug 20, 2016
funny country. who was arrested when similar incident happened during the previous government

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