The residents of Adelayo Street in Jah-Michael community, Olorunda area of Lagos 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.
The lifeless body of the children aged between four to nine years old were discovered at about 5pm on Saturday evening when Saliat Kazeem who wanted to feed her granddaughter raised alarm that the children were trapped inside the vehicle.
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.
The incident happened on Saturday.
Police spokesman, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident.
“The 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 morgue for autopsy to determine the actual cause of death,” he said.
According to reports, the vehicle has a child-lock feature and could only be opened from outside. The children, who were between the ages of four and six, were found dead by a parent who was looking for her child.
Ajisebutu said the police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding the children’s death.