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IN BADAGRY: Chaos as 8 Children Die of Suffocation in Olorunda

INSIDEMAINLAND – Residents of Adelayo Street in the Jah-Michael community, Olorunda area of Lagos Mainland, have been thrown into confusion following the discovery of the bodies of eight children inside a Honda Pilot jeep with registration number AAA157BD parked inside a fenced house.

The lifeless bodies of the children aged between four to nine years old were discovered at about 5:00 pm on Saturday when one Saliat Kazeem, who wanted to feed her granddaughter raised an alarm that the children were trapped inside the vehicle. 

The children were said to have entered the vehicle to play and they reportedly got trapped. 

Saliat Kazeem, the owner of the building where the incident happened was asleep when the children, including her granddaughter, entered and got trapped inside the vehicle and died of suffocation.

Glasses from the window of the building and shattered windscreen from the vehicle littered the crime scene. The vehicle was destroyed by irate residents.

Vanguard further reports that the eight children involved are from four different families. A family has three children, another family has two, another has two while Saliat Kazeem has one (granddaughter) The names of the children are Zainab, Tayab, Farida, Mamod, Yakubu, Wahab, Aisha and Saliat Kazeem’s granddaughter. 

According to Azeez, it was when the owner of the building Saliat Kazeem woke up, that she discovered that the children including her granddaughter whom she wanted to feed were inside the vehicle. 

“When I heard the incident I rushed there like other residents, we found out some of the children were still alive, they were still breathing, we were telling them to rush them to the hospital, but they were wasting time, they didn’t do anything till it was late. By the time they eventually took the grandchild of Saliat Kazeem to the hospital, it was too late as she died on the way.” Azeez said.

A fight almost ensued yesterday, Sunday, December 5, 2021, as young men in the community wanted to set the house ablaze. Relatives of the affected families also allegedly attacked passersby.

A community leader in the area who wants to remain anonymous spoke to Vanguard saying aggrieved youths almost lynched Saliat Kazeem, the owner of the vehicle and building but the police intervened and sealed off the building instead. 

Another resident, Adetayo Ojo, 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.”

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson Lagos state police command CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu said “eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing. Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for 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.”

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