At least five persons have  been confirmed dead at Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, after eating dog meat from a popular inn in the area.

According to Vanguard, the dog meat was alleged to have been cooked by one Friday Dickson, popularly called Etiaba. Etiaba had been in the area for a long time, running an inn where he cooks only dog meat in Mini-Woji Road at Woji Town.

Mr Brian Ogbondah, a member of the community, revealed that five people who ate the dog meat prepared by Etiaba, among others, were confirmed dead some hours after eating the dog meat.

He said the situation has mounted tension in the community, resulting in an emergency meeting by the council of chiefs and elders, with a view to locating other members of the community who also ate the dog meat.

Mr. Brian also said the suspect fled the community after the five people were confirmed dead.

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