According to the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Femi Joseph, who spoke with DAILY POST on Sunday, the suspect was about to carry out the dastardly act at about 3am on Friday when the men of the command on routine patrol caught him .
He said Alaba was suspected to be one of those hoodlums that burnt down public places in the recent time in the state.
Joseph said, ” Our men, while on patrol at about 3am saw the suspect at the premises of the supermarket, immediately he saw our men he ran away and our men chased him until he was arrested .
” We have begun investigation on the matter and in our preliminary investigation, we discovered that he wanted to set the supermarket on fire . We are still interrogating the suspect to know if he was being sent by some people or not and also to know his actual intention for deciding to carry out the act .”
The PPRO also declared that the suspect will be charged to court after the investigation had been concluded, calling on the people of the state to cooperate with the police to expose the hideouts of criminals in their environments.
He said, ” We need the support of our people to fight crimes in this state. We, the police cannot do it alone, we can’t be everywhere at the same time, that is why we need the people to give us information about anybody suspected to be criminal or engaged in criminal activities among us.
” We are committed to ensuring that the rate of criminality is reduced to the barest minimum in this state.”