Tragedy Hits Minna as 5 Children Suffocate in Car

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

The sad Incident occurred in Gurara, Albishiri area of 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, a Honda Civic Accord, said to have been parked on the spot for almost three years.

For about five hours, from around 11:00 am when the parents and other neighbors were frantically searching for them, they were later discovered around 4:00 pm stone dead in the vehicle.

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 had 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 had been invited for questioning.

According to him, “based on information on Sunday at about 6:30 pm, 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 was ongoing.

Source: Vanguard