A Chief Magistrate’s court in Sango has discharged the man who named his dog ‘Buhari’ in a community in Ogun State yesterday.
Vanguard reports that Magistrate O. O. Adebo said the prosecutor failed to substantiate his case against Joachim Iroko and consequently struck out all charges preferred against him.
Recall that Mr. Iroko, aged 41, was reported by his neighbour, Haliru Umar from Sokoto State for having bad intention of naming his dog after the President. Afterwards, Mr. Iroko was arrested for breach of peace in August 2016.
The arrest of Mr. Iroko caused uproar in August 2016 and critics accused the police of suppressing the freedom embedded in the constitution.
According to Vanguard, the police denied that Mr. Iroko’s ordeal had anything to do with the president but strictly about the breach of peace complaints received from his neighbour.
The presidency also reacted to the arrest when Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the president paid more attention to cartoon pages in the newspapers rather than following Mr. Iroko’s case that was generating nationwide ruckus at the time.
Mr. Iroko told Vanguard, he has been vindicated after the verdict.
He therefore, thanked all those that cried out on his behalf during the period of his being taken from one police station to another. “I would like to thank specially, Vanguard Newspaper for blowing the case open and human rights lawyer, Ebun Adegborowa that came to my rescue” he stated.
Mr. Iroko’s lawyer was elated, and he praised the court for the verdict.