The man who was arrested and detained for calling his pet dog Buhari says he was unjustly punished.
The 30-year-old trader who was arrested by the police in Ogun State last week and was held in detention for three days after one of his neighbours filed a complaint that he named his dog after his father, said the police acted in ignorance and connived with his accuser, an indigene of Niger Republic, to maltreat him unjustly.
According to reports, it took the intervention of the Serkin Hausawa and the President-General of Non-Indigenes in Ogun State to free Chinakwe after spending three days in detention and the father of two says he is bitter at his treatment.
Speaking on his travails, Chinakwe said:
“It is annoying because the complainant is from the 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.
I did not commit any offense. I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, because President Muhammadu Buhari 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 beloved dog which I called Buhari, after him.
I did not know that I was committing an offense for admiring Buhari. I was intimidated by the police and thrown into the cell with hardened criminals for about three days.
While I was there, the complainant from the Niger Republic and Sergeant Musa from the North 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 Eleweran the next day, they handcuffed and chained me together with that my friend."
"Fortunately, when we got to police headquarters, both the Commissioner of Police and other officers were angry with their colleagues at Sango-Ota. They were wondering loudly why I was brought to the headquarters 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.”