The Ogun state police command has said it carried out its constitutional duty by charging to court Joe Iroko, the trader who named his dog “Buhari”.
The police on Monday asserted that Iroko deliberately sought to breach the peace by writing “Buhari” on both sides of his dog.
A statement released by Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun police spokesperson, said: “The attention of Ogun state police command has been drawn to a story in some section of the media regarding the case of Joeaxim Iroko who named his dog Buhari and was subsequently arrested and charged to court.
“The fact of the case is that one Alhaji Haliru Umar of Keter area went to Sango police station to report his neighbor whom he claimed provoked him by inscribing his father’s name “Buhari” on both sides of his dog knowing fully well that it is his father’s name.
“The suspect was invited and he did not deny he allegation. All efforts to resolve the matter amicably between the two parties proved futile and it was about to degenerate to a serious crisis within the area hence, the command took a proactive step by charging the case to court to avert unnecesary blood shedding.
The statement further noted that president Muhammadu Buhari was in no way connected to the case.
“The command wants to make it clear to members of the public that the case has nothing to the with the president as some media are painting it to be.
“It is a clear case between the complainant and the suspect whose action was seen as one likely to cause breach of peace.
“It is the duty of the police to protect life and property and also to guard against anything that can lead to break down of law and order which is exactly what we did in this case.”
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