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Five Children Suffocate To Death In Abandoned Car | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Apr 22, 2024




A devastating incident unfolded in Niger State as three siblings and two other children, aged 5 to 10, tragically suffocated to death inside an abandoned Honda Civic car with Registration No. GO 778 ABC.

The event occurred on Sunday in the Gurara Albishir area along Bida Road, where the children, caught up in their play, inadvertently locked themselves inside the abandoned vehicle for over five hours.

The vehicle had been abandoned for two years before the incident occurred.

An eyewitness, Bala Usman recounted the heart-wrenching scene, describing how the children, after inadvertently locking themselves in the car around 11 am, were found lifeless by their parents around 4 pm.

The victims, consisting of three siblings and two others, were discovered after a frantic search, sparking deep sorrow and grief in the community.

Local authorities, including Chanchaga Local Government Area Chairman Aminu Ladan and the Niger State Police Command, have expressed their condolences and initiated investigations into the tragic incident.

In his reaction, the chairman of Chanchaga Local Government Area, Aminu Ladan, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate.

Aminu, whose residence is located around the neighbourhood where the incident occurred, immediately visited the scene and condoled with the bereaved families.

The Niger State Police Command PRO, Wasiu Abiodun, who also reacted to the incident, said the owner of the vehicle has been invited for questioning while the matter is under investigation.

“On 21/4/2024 at about 6.30 pm, based on information received at Kpakungu Div, five children of about 5–13 years of age were found trapped in a Honda Civic vehicle with Reg 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, as police visited the scene.

“However, the owner of the vehicle was invited for questioning, as the unfortunate incident is under investigation,” he stated.

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