The Nigeria Police have arrested a beer parlour owner after tracking a stolen dog right into his pot of pepper soup.
Media Africa learnt that the incident occurred at Ejigbo, Idimu area in the metropolitan city of Lagos Nigeria. It was reported that Police detectives from Idimu police division swung into action after the owner of the missing dog reported the case at the police division. The dog was however traced to Success Akpan beer parlour joint where it had allegedly been slaughtered, cooked and spiced ready to be sold to customers who patronise the joint daily for plates of deliciously cooked dog meat pepper soup.
Sources told Media Africa that when Success Akpan, the owner of the beer parlour was arrested, he claimed that he bought the dog for N12, 000 ($9) from a seller, who was later identified as Abu and did not know it was a stolen dog.
It was gathered that Abu allegedly stole the dog from his mother’s tenant who had refused to pay his house rent since after it expired.
Abu allegedly stole the dog and sold to Akpan, however luck ran out on him as he was arrested by the police. It was during interrogation that Abu confessed and took the Police to Akpan’s shop. However before they got there, Akpan had already killed the dog and used it to prepare pepper soup meant to be sold to his customers.
Akpan who was also arrested and detained at the station for conspiracy and stealing was said to have pleaded and tried to resolve the matter with the owner of the dog by offering to pay #80.000 ($190) for the dog. However, the owner of the dog insisted that he wanted his dog back alive.
According to Police sources, both Akpan and Abu will be charged before the Court if the owner of the dog continues to insist that he wants his dog instead of the N80,000 Akpan offered to pay in order to resolve the matter.
Dog meat pepper soup is a special delicacy popular among people from Calabar, a city in the South-South area of Nigeria and those from Ondo, Ekiti states in the South Western area of Nigeria. Media Africa findings revealed that dog meat in those areas is more expensive and relatively scarce as indigenes use dog meat during most of their celebrations and festivals rather than goats or cow meat which is popular with other citizens of the country.
It was also gathered that people from other parts of the country who don’t eat dog meat avoid eating in local restaurants while travelling through these parts for fear of being served dog meat, as most restaurants use dog meat to prepare their soup.