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9-year-old girl arrested for setting Ebeano supermarket on fire in Abuja

A nine-year-old girl has been identified as the culprit of the arson that reduced Ebeano supermarket in Abuja to ashes and black powder.

Ebeano supermarket in the Lokogoma area of Abuja was burnt to the ground on Saturday, July 17, 2021, with goods worth billions of Naira destroyed in the raging inferno.

In CCTV footage widely shared on social media afterwards, an unidentified woman could be seen lighting up the fire that destroyed the entire shopping complex, before sprinting away from the scene.

According to new findings, the nine-year-old minor who joined her mum and sister to the shop.

“My mum took me to the shop. She wanted to buy xxx for my sister. We went to the market first before going to the shop. My mummy was with my sister at the drink session,” the little girl said during questioning by a team of investigators.

She still has on her the same clothes she wore to the shop on the day of the arson, as captured on CCTV.

It is unclear if the questioning was carried out on the same day.

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