Okay, this is one of those weird news that has popped up in one of our sister news houses.
We decided to run an investigation and found the story to be credible.
Well, dogs have disappeared from the streets in Ekiti State following a rise in the consumption of dog meat by residents.
404 meat, as it is popularly called, has become a prized delicacy in Ekiti State.
It was gathered that more people have increasingly turned to 404 meat for their nutrition.
This is in spite of the taboo that is associated with the consumption of the meat in the community.
New slaughter houses for 404 meat has sprung up in Ado-Ekiti, Ikere-Ekiti, Ise-Ekiti, Emure- Ekiti, Ikole-Ekiti and Otun Ekiti.
The new delicacy is now consumed in homes, restaurants, and beer parlors.
A resident said no fewer than 20 of such slaughter slabs exist in Ado Ekiti alone.
“A good number of beer parlors and relaxation centers now make pepper soup and suya from 404 meat.
“Because of the high rate of consumption of 404 meat, it is now difficult to see dogs on the street.
“Their cost have risen astronomically too,” the resident, who craved anonymity said.
NAN reported that three-months-old dogs previously sold for as low as N500, now attract up to N3,000.
An adult dog now goes for between N6,000 and N15,000 depending on the size.
Mr. Debo Olusola, who trades in 404 meat, said he makes an average of N10,000 daily from the sale of 404 meat suya.
A veterinary doctor, Kunle Adeyemi warned against excessive consumption of the meat saying it was “risky and injurious to health”.
Doctor Kunle cited potential rabies infection present in dogs flesh.