A closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage has gone viral online on Monday, July 26, in which a nine-year-old girl appeared to ignite the fire that engulfed Prince Ebeano Supermarket in Abuja.
1st News gathered that the incident happened on July 17.
The “massive” fire burned throughout Saturday night till the early hours of Sunday morning, with firefighters battling to keep it under control. The footage, which has the date stamp of July 17, showed the girl waddling into the gas section of Ebeano supermarket at about 7pm.
She kept scanning around furtively to be sure nobody was watching, then picked up a lighter and lit a section of items near the box of lighters.
She waited for the fire to catch on before she disappeared back where she came from.
The blob of fire she left behind soon exploded, leading to an inferno that engulfed Ebeano supermarket.
In another video that shows the young girl during interrogation, she confessed that her mother took her to the supermarket. The girl said her mother wanted to buy drinks for her sister at another section of the supermarket; before she left them for the gas section in the supermarket.
Ibrahim Muhammad, public relations officer (PRO) of the Federal Capital Territory Fire Wervice; in a statement on Sunday, said it isn’t yet known if there are casualties.
According to him, the cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.
“Until after the fire has been put off, we cannot say if any life was lost to the inferno,” Muhammad said.
Meanwhile, following outcries on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Electoral Amendment Bill; the House of Reps has pledged to always protect the interest of Nigerians in its legislation.
Rep. Benjamin Kalu, the Spokesperson of the House of Reps made this known in a press conference on Monday, July 26, in Abuja.
Kalu said that the House of Reps would not waver in its quest to put the interest of the country and the citizenry into consideration; in all its legislative work, adding that there was no perfect legislation in the world.
“Let us for the interest of this country, loyalty and faithfulness to it; recognise what this parliament has gone through in the passage of the bills,’’ he said.