The families of eight children have been thrown into mourning after their corpses were recovered from a Honda Sport Utility Vehicle parked on Adelayo Street, in Jah-Michael area, Badagry Expressway, Lagos State.
The vehicle was parked in front of a house where the victims entered it, The PUNCH reports.
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 Mahmood, Aisha, Zainab, Farida, Yakubu, Tayab, Wahab and one other.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Sunday, said the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a probe into the incident, adding that the corpses had been deposited in the morgue.
“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 victim,” Ajisebutu said.