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April 22, 2024

Tragedy: Five children suffocate in a car in Minna

Tragedy: Five children suffocate in a car in Minna

By Wole Mosadomi, Minna

Five children, have been found dead after suffocating in an abandoned car in Minna Niger state.

The sad incident occurred in Gurara, Albishiri area of Minna, the state capital. Our Correspondent gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday.

The five children were said to have been playing around the area before they eventually went into the vehicle, Honda Civic Accord which was said to have been parked on the spot for almost three years.

For about five hours, around 11 am when the parents and other neighbors were frantically searching for them, they were later discovered around 4 pm stone dead in the vehicle.

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One of the residents of the area simply called Muhammed described the incident as “very pathetic”.

 “Three of the children are of the same parents. The other one belongs to the vehicle owner while the fifth child is from the neighborhood.

“The car had been parked on the same spot for almost three years and nobody had entered it since then.

“Everybody in the area joined the parents in searching for the kids only to discover them in the abandoned car stone dead after about five hours,” he narrated

Chairman of Chanchaga local government area, Alhaji Aminu Ladan, confirmed the incident describing it as “very painful but  an act of God.”

He said the remains of the children have been recovered and handed over to their parents for burial.

State Police Command Spokesman, Superintendent of Police, (SP) Wasiu Abiodun who also confirmed the incident said the owner of the vehicle has been invited for questioning.

According to him, “based on information on Sunday at about 6:30pm, five children of about 5-13 years were found trapped in a Honda Civic vehicle with registration No GO 778 ABC at Albishiri area of Minna.

“They were found to have suffocated in the vehicle while their bodies were later removed by the various parents of the deceased,” he stated.  Investigation into the death according to him is ongoing.