Nine-year-old girl identified as culprit who razed down Ebeano supermarket in Abuja

Nine-year-old girl identified as culprit who razed down Ebeano supermarket in Abuja

The arsonist, captured by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage while turning on a gas cooker that resulted in a massive fire at the popular Ebea

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The arsonist, captured by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage while turning on a gas cooker that resulted in a massive fire at the popular Ebeano Supermarket in Abuja, has been identified as a 9-year-old girl.

It will be recalled that on Saturday, July 17, there was a massive fire at the Prince Ebeano Supermarket in the Gudu, Lokogoma axis of Abuja.

Goods worth millions of Naira were said to have been razed in the fire.

In the video that has since made the rounds, the minor could be seen pretending to pick something, before turning on the gas cooker and leaving the store immediately.

Confirming the fire incident, Mr. Ibrahim Muhammad, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Federal Capital Territory Fire Service had told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that firefighters from several fire service stations in Asokoro, Garki, Games Village, and the National Judicial Institute in Abuja combated the raging fire from Saturday till Sunday.

The fire service PRO had said that the agency was not sure of what caused the fire outbreak, stating that “Until after the fire has been put off we cannot say if any life was lost to the inferno.”

At this time, it is not clear if the culprit will be held by the police or arraigned in a juvenile court.