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Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu

How eight children suffocated in an abandoned car in Lagos

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The families of eight minors have been thrown into mourning after their corpses were recovered from a Honda Sport Utility Vehicle parked on Adelayo Street, in the Jah-Michael area, Badagry Expressway, Lagos State.

ionigeria.com  gathered that the vehicle was parked in front of a house where the victims entered it.

The kids were said to be playing inside the SUV when they mistakenly locked themselves in as efforts to unlock the door proved abortive.

It was learnt that a parent, while searching for the children, found their remains inside the vehicle.

The parent was said to have raised the alarm, attracting other parents and residents.

A video clip recorded shortly after the victims’ corpses were recovered from the vehicle, showed their remains lying motionless on the floor.

As residents lamented the tragic incident, which happened on Saturday, December 4, 2021, they called for an investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of the children.

The victims were identified as Mamod, Aisha, Zainab, Farida, Yakubu, Tayab, Wahab and one other.

Four of them were the children of an Imam in the area.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Sunday, said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered a probe into the incident, adding that the corpses had been deposited in a morgue.

He said, “The eight children while playing were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car. Their bodies have been recovered and deposited in the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsies in order to determine the actual cause of death.

“Another factor is that it is also dependent on what time the incident happened. One assumption is that they might have died from asphyxiation; another possibility is that if there is a lot of heat as the weather is hot right now and we don’t know what time the incident occurred, if they were trapped in the vehicle for a long time, there is a possibility of complications from excessive heat.

“Like heatstroke, dehydration, and all that can occur. But on a rough estimate, I will assume that at least it will take more than six to eight hours for all of them to have died within the vehicle, but that is also dependent on a number of factors.”

Sodipo, while urging parents and guardians to monitor their children closely, advised that the child protection services in the country should be strengthened.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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