The Ogun State Police Command has rearrested Mr. Joe Chinakwe, the 41-year-old trader, who named his pet dog ‘Buhari’, after he was initially released.
This is just as the state police stated that the suspect – who was rearrested on Friday based on the belief that his action was capable of provoking an ethnoreligious crisis – would be arraigned in court on Monday, August 22, 2016.
Confirming his rearrest and arraignment, the state’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen that:
“The man is here with us. He is at the Criminal Investigation Department. The charge will be prepared here and he will be arraigned at Sango Magistrate Court on Monday.
“He is going to court on Monday because what he did was highly provocative. It can cause an ethnic and religious crisis. We have to be proactive; we cannot fold our arms and allow the state to be plunged into crisis.
“In fact, the arrest was made to save the suspect’s life because the complainant and his group have threatened to kill him if he comes back and this may trigger violence”.
The embattled trader who is currently locked up at the state police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, has claimed that his life was in danger as he did not know what would happen to him next.
His words: “I had to leave for Eleweran very early on Friday after receiving a letter on Thursday evening inviting me to the Command. I thought I was being called over for a peace talk, I never knew it was for the purpose of detaining me again.
“I am a law-abiding citizen of this country, I have never deliberately committed any offence before, I don’t know why I am being treated like this. I only called the dog that name for the love I have for President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria, I didn’t mean to taunt or hurt anybody with it. I don’t know what next could follow this, I am afraid for my life, I am in danger, please help me.”