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Politics Court in Nigeria frees man who was arrested for naming his dog after the president

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Nigeria seems to have limits on pets names.

play Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (File Photo)

A Nigerian court has reportedly dismissed charges filed against a man in Ogun state, who named his dog after the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was freed after his case had dragged on for nearly a year. A court in Nigeria’s south-west Osun State has dismissed a case against the dog owner.

According to the judge, the police prosecution failed to substantiate charges they pressed against the 41-year-old market trader Joachim Iroko,

Iroko was picked up in 2016 with the reason being that his action was likely to breach peace as people were likely to protest against his decision to name an animal after the President.

The police explains that Iroko walked his dog that had been painted Buhari on both sides in an area where the support for the president was high.

In his defence, Iroko said he named his dogs after his heroes and had other dogs that were named after late President Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama.

"I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, who is my hero....My admiration for Buhari started far back when he was a military head of state,".

Local media say the arrest of the dog owner sparked controversies with most people decrying the police’s abuse of constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.

The dog in question was killed in the midst of the police action, ostensibly poisoned by people who were angry at the action of its owner.