Tragedy struck in the Badagry area of Lagos State on Saturday as the lifeless bodies of eight children were found inside a parked SUV car.
The families of the eight minors were thrown into mourning when they discovered their dead children were locked inside a parked Honda Sport Utility Vehicle parked on Adelayo Street, Jah-Michael area, Badagry Expressway.
VANTAGE NEWS gathered that the victims reportedly entered the car to play when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.
They reportedly suffocated to death after failing to unlock the car.
A parent who had gone in search of the children found their remains inside the SUV and raised alarm.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the parents of the dead children and residents have called for an investigation into the ugly incident.
The victims include, Wahab, Mamod, Aisha, Tayab Yakubu, Zainab and Farida.
The name of the last victim could not be ascertained as at press time.
In a reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Sunday, said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered an investigation into the ugly incident
He added that the corpses had been deposited in a mortuary.
The statement partly reads, “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.
“Notwithstanding the report made to the police, the Commissioner of Police, 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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