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Police Commissioner locks up neighbour for breeding dogs

By Ali Adoyi
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A 67-year-old retired civil servant Mr. Chukwujindu Aligbe has been arrested and detained by the Commissioner of Police in Charge of Police Pensions Office at the Force Headquarters in Abuja For breeding dogs and other animals.

Aligbe, a faithful Foursquare gospel church worker, was reportedly locked up by the police boss for two days before getting some sort of reprieve through his church members.

He was arrested for breeding almost 40 dogs, monkeys and other dangerous and wild animals in his residential house for commercial purposes.

In the First Information (FIR) obtained from Maraba Area Court dated August 28, 2014, the incident was recorded as “Criminal conspiracy, disturbance of public peace and making atmosphere nuisance to health”.

The FIR read: “On August 27, 2014, at about 7.30am, the Commissioner of Police in Charge of Police Pensions Office FHQ Abuja, a resident at Hill Top Estate Mararaba, reported to the DPO Mararaba 'A' Division that for over four years now, that you, Chukwujindu Aligbe of the same address breading almost 40 dogs, monkeys and other dangerous and wild animals in your dwelling of residential house for commercial purposes.

“And being his neighbour at the above address, conspired with your wife, name not known, and the rest members of your family, to keep these animals in such a way that they constantly bark, make all sorts of noise and pass faeces within your premises, which only demarcated from his own by only dwarf wall, which is quit disturbing and noxious to his health and that of his family members of which all efforts to advise you to relocate the dogs proved abortive”.

“You thereby committed offences contrary to section 97,113 and 192 respectively of the Penal Code law as suggested”, the FIR stated.

Confirming the report, the Resident Pastor, Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Rev. Julius Msheliza, said that, “The accused is a member and an elder in my church, which makes me interested in the case since I have to look after the flock God has placed under my care.

“The case is still in court. We, therefore, wait to see what the final outcome will be. The final outcome will decide whether we will be satisfied or not. So, at this moment, we are still waiting what the conclusion will be.” He said

“I was disappointed the way he was arrested because I was in court when the whole issue started. He was accused of keeping dogs in his house and I don't know when keeping has become a criminal case, and within 15 minutes, he was thrown into Keffi Prison. To me that is not right”.

“My expectation is that the rule of law should prevail and the right thing should be done.

“If a member of my congregation is found liable, then let the court take its full course but if the person is falsely or wrongfully accused, the accuser should be held accountable or reprimanded for accusing an innocent person”, he stated.