POLICE detectives from the Idimu Division have arrested a dog-meat seller, Success Akpan after a stolen dog was traced to his pepper soup pot, which he was already selling to his customers before he was caught.
According to media reports, the incident happened at Olorunsogo Street, Ejigbo area of Lagos, where Akpan operates a shop.
When the Akwa Ibom State-born dog-meat seller was caught, he claimed that he bought the dog for #12, 000 from a seller, who was later identified as Abu and did not know it was a stolen dog.
Akpan landed in trouble after the seller, Abu, stole the dog from his mother’s tenant in Idimu, who had refused to pay his house rent.
He allegedly stole the dog and sold it to Akpan before the information leaked and he was arrested. He was then detained by the Police and told to return the dog.
It was during interrogation that he confessed to having sold the dog and took the Police to Akpan’s shop. But before they got there, Akpan had already killed the dog and used it to prepare pepper soup.
Akpan was also arrested and detained at the station for conspiracy and stealing but he was said to have pleaded with the owner to resolve the matter by paying for the dog.
The bone of contention was that the owner of the dog insisted that he wanted his dog back but Akpan explained to him that he had already killed the dog and was selling the pepper soup before he was arrested.
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 #80,000 Akpan offered to pay in order to resolve the matter.