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How eight children die inside abandon vehicle in Lagos

By Esther Kalu

No fewer than eight children have been confirmed dead after they mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing in Badagry Local Government, Lagos State.

As gathered, the residents of Adelayo Street in Jah-Michael community have been thrown into commotion following the discovery of the lifeless body of eight children inside a Honda Pilot jeep with registration number AAA157BD parked inside a fenced house by Saliat Kazeem.

It was learnt that the eight children involved were from four different families. A family has three children, another family has two, another has two while Kazeem has one (granddaughter) The names of the children are, Zainab, Tayab, Farida, Mamod, Yakubu, Wahab, Aisha, and the vehicle owner’s granddaughter.

The car was said to have been forced open by one of the children, who was the grandchild of the owner, while the other seven deceased children were his friends and also reside in the community often called Jah Micheal in Olorunda axis of the state.

Kazeem, who was also the owner of the building where the vehicle was parked, was asleep when the children, including her granddaughter, entered and got trapped inside the vehicle and died of suffocation.

As gathered, the lifeless body of the children aged between four and nine years old were discovered at about 5 pm yesterday when Kazeem wanted to feed her granddaughter and she raised the alarm that the children were trapped inside the vehicle.

Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Spokesman for the Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, stated that the incident happened on Saturday at Adelayo Str., Agunlayo, Jah Micheal, near Magbon area of Badagry.

Ajisebutu stated that their bodies had been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for an autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.

“Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death. The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.

In the same vein, the Commissioner of Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Suru Avoseh, stated that the abandoned car belonged to a retired LASU staff who was now late.

According to him, the car was forced open by one of the children who was the grandchild of the owner while the other seven are Nigerians residing in the area.

“The other seven kids are children of Bureau De Change Operators living in the community. The children forced the door of the vehicle to open, enter, and close the door. No ventilation and nobody knew something was wrong and they suffocated and died. It wasn’t a kidnapping incident or any foul play by anyone. It is unfortunate,” he said.

Also, the Medical Director, Badagry General Hospital, Tunde Bakare, said that the children were already dead before their parents arrived at the medical facility for care.

“While we told them to leave them so that we could carry out autopsy one Moslem cleric that followed them disagreed with our staff and said burial should not exceed Saturday. Unfortunately, the Police that brought the corpse supported the cleric so we had to release the corpses to them.” he said.

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