The news that a 30-year-old trader was arrested and thrown in prison for three days for naming his dog “Buhari” seemed aa little unreal. According to Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, he was imprisoned in Ogun, Nigeria from Saturday to Tuesday (and denied food during that period) for naming his pet dog Buhari.
“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.”
This is really just a clear case of abuse of power as there are so many Buharis in the world, it’s unbelievable that a person’s human right would be blatantly violated over such a trivial issue. Even if he had named his dog “President Muhammadu Buhari”, since when is that a crime? Has the constitution somehow been updated without our knowledge?
How did the name of the dog come to the knowledge of the police?
According to Chinakwe, a foreigner (from Niger Republic) reported him to a police officer for disturbances and he was thrown in prison.
“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, who works at Sango Police division to humiliate me. Worse still, the Divisional Police Officer there, did not help matters as he refused to entertain any plea from me after I was arrested that Saturday night. He simply ordered his men to throw me into the cell.”
Seeminglyy, all it takes is for a foreigner to whisper in the ear of an ignorant policeman and a Nigerian’s rights will be completely waived. Do the police really have nothing to do other than take bribe, humiliate and threaten Nigerians?
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