Police authorities in Yei town on Monday arrested five suspects for allegedly killing a dog for public consumption under the guise of goat meat.
Police conducted a raid in Mahard area and arrested four South Sudanese nationals including two women and a Congolese man.
Police Commissioner Yousa Lujanga Kamba told Radio Tamazuj that the five suspects were arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for attempting to sell dog meat to residents. He further said the suspected are being investigated.
Lujang pointed out that the suspects will be taken to court after investigations. “The police were able to arrest all the suspects, three men and two women. We have opened the investigation under Form 13. The accused confessed that the Congolese man ordered them to kill the dog for sale to the public,” he said.
Last month, a local resident who preferred anonymity said he was involved in the sale of dog meat for public consumption to meet the cost of living in Yei town.
“We wish not to do that, but because of the economic hardship, and cow meat has become expensive for the ordinary citizens, so we thought we get into the business to raise money for our survival in the town,” he said.
Local residents in the area described what happened as a “rare incident” saying the government should restore peace and stability and embark on policies towards consumer protection and public health.