Why I shouldn’t be charged – Man who named dog ‘Buhari’

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An Ota Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogun, on Monday fixed November 21 to hear an application by Joachim Iroko, challenging a charge preferred against him for naming his dog Buhari.

Mr. Iroko, 40, was arraigned for naming his dog Buhari, and parading the pet around the Hausa section of the Ketere Market in Sango, Ogun, on Aug 22.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail.

When the case was called before Chief Magistrate Bolaji Ojikutu, on Monday, counsel to the accused, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said Mr. Iroko had the right to give his dog any name, adding that he haboured no ulterior motives.

He said the subject matter of the charge against him did not disclose a criminal offence in law for which the applicant could be put on trial.

He said the court had the jurisdiction to quash a charge where there was no disclosure of an offence as the trial would amount to an abuse of the process of the court.

Mr. Adegboruwa told the court that his client had filed two applications to challenge the jurisdiction of the court.

He informed the court that the prosecution had declined service of the said applications in court, and had insisted that service be effected at his office.

Mr. Adegboruwa urged the court to suspend the trial since the accused was challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

He also prayed the court to direct the prosecution to furnish the defence with the proof of evidence of the case.

After listening to arguments, the court fixed hearing of the application for Nov. 21, and also directed the prosecution to furnish defence counsel with the proof of evidence.

In the motion on notice dated Sept. 16, Mr. Iroko sought an order quashing Charge No: 671C/2016 preferred against him, for want of jurisdiction.

The applicant argued that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain and adjudicate on the charge.


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Joachim Iroko, deserved to be charged and prosecuted and sent to the penitentiary to teach his ilk serious lesson to deter people of same ethnic mentality from insulting and disgracing our nation,s leadership position.It is written in the Holy Bibile that we must respect our parents,elders and leaders for our days to last long on earth.His appeal is an attempt to waste law-court judicial time.

    • chuck

      On what charges Babalowo? Is this one of your off the cuff sentiments. I thought you are a babalowo (native doctor) I did not know you also went to night law school. Tell the readers why law and which constitution points to a crime.

      • Mufu Ola

        U & your people are very crude.That’s why some of us are on this forum.To tell you to your face & give u no ground to operate freely.And U’re in for a long duel until u learn to think, behave & speak like civilized people.

        • Du Covenant

          My broda, I couldn’t agree with you more. Everywhere you in this world people hate Nigerians because of their uncivilized and thuggish attitude, greed you name it. Anybody that has ever had any contact with them hates Nigeria with a passion because they have no conscience.

  • Burning Spear

    The Person who should be charged to court–is no other human being than Bingo Buhari who hails from Mali–That is the man who ordered his son from Niger Republic to hang the said dog–rightly named after Billy the dog Buhari—There are hundreds of Nigerians who named their dogs after monsters like Obasanjo————The heavens did not fall————-Wole Soyinka also described the wife of—–Jonathan as a Hippopotamus——————He was not taken to to court over that—Tee Mac one of the greatest flutist in Nigeria has a dog named Obasanjo——-So what is the noise here about—————-? Bingo Buhari deserves all the tags and label handed over to him by the Nigerian society—————Sadly the man who reported the matter to the police is not even a Nigerian—he is an economic migrant from Niger republic————-meaning Buhari is not from Nigerian as being speculated by many real Nigerians-

  • Mufu Ola

    I won a bet! Bet with a neighbour Adegboruwa will be involved in this case.Strictly as a publicity stunt.

  • amazing2012

    Even if release now, you have unnecessarily suffered your family and you will live in constant fear for the rest of your life.
    Igbos are satanic, they always look for trouble and never want peace anywhere they lived.
    Naming a dog or not, wrong or right, what would that add positively in your life ?