Residents of Adelayo Street in Jah-Michael community, Olorunda in Lagos State have been thrown into commotion following the discovery of lifeless bodies of eight children in a Honda Pilot SUV with registration number AAA157BD.
The bodies of the children said to be between 4 to 9 years were discovered at about 5 pm on Saturday evening in the vehicle parked within a fenced compound when Saliat Kazeem who wanted to feed her granddaughter raised an alarm that the children were trapped inside the vehicle.
Saliat Kazeem, the owner of the building where the incident happened was allegedly asleep when the children, including her granddaughter, entered and got trapped inside the vehicle and died of suffocation.
Vanguard reports that relatives of the victims who were at the scene on Sunday afternoon inspected the compound and held meetings insinuating that there was more to be unraveled.
Irate residents were reported to have shattered the windscreen of the vehicle and the glasses of the building.
A community leader in the area who spoke on the condition of anonymity said aggrieved youths almost lynched Saliat Kazeem, the owner of the vehicle and building but the police intervened sealing the building.
Yet to understand what was happening, a little boy who identified himself as AbdulKareem, said 2 of his siblings, Aisha and Farida were among the victims.
The other victims are; Zainab, Tayab, Mamod, Yakubu, Wahab and Saliat Kazeem’s granddaughter are reported to be from 4 different families.
A resident, Adetayo Ojo while lamenting over the incident said, “the gate is hardly open, anytime we pass through this street, the gate is always locked. So I wonder what happened that it was opened and eight children went there to play.”
Lagos State Police Command spokesperson CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu confirming the incident said the “eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing”.
He added that their bodies have been deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy to determine the actual cause of death while further investigation would be conducted.