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A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Sango, yesterday, dismissed charges filed against the man who named his dog ‘Buhari’ in a community in Ogun state. The Magistrate O. O. Adebo while providing reasons, said that the prosecutor failed to substantiate his case against the accused Joachim Iroko and consequently struck out all charges brought against him.
The defendants lawyer(Mr Iroko’s lawyer) was elated. He was seen praising the court for the verdict which he called just.
Mr. Iroko, 41, was arrested in August 2016 following a report from a neighbour who believed we was causing nusiance with such act. He was reported by his neighbour, for alleged insensitivity in Mr. Iroko’s action of naming his dog BUHARI, the exact name of MR. PRESIDENT. The neighbour who hailed from sokoto state and identified as one Haliru Umar , said Mr. Iroko harboured sinister motives when he named his dog Buhari. The arrest of Mr. Iroko sparked nationwide outrage in August 2016 and critics accused the police of stifling constitutionally guaranteed freedom.
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 furore at the time.
Speaking with journalist after the verdict, the said suspect, Joachim Iroko said he has been vindicated. He appreciated all those whose cry and appeal lead to his freedom. “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.